Cuba: Havana Street Scenes #1 – Architecture…

Having worked for 40+ years (I know! I’m an old man) in neighborhoods that have been totally destroyed because of a variety of reasons, none of them good (rioting, arson, drug infestation etc),  I was pretty well prepared for what I would see in Havana. After 50+ years of neglect, these buildings are mostly in total disrepair and are still inhabited by  several generations of families  living together.

Staircase to apartments above...

Although in various states of Decrepitude, many of the buildings continue to show signs of the beauty Havana once was before the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

Old Havana...

Well there is hope. Old City Havana (Habana Vieja) has been designated a World Heritage Site and signs of restoration can be found.

Restoration in progress...

Here’s a look at some of the buildings we saw while walking the streets of Havana.

Habana Vieja: contains the core of the original city of Havana. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Neo-classic building in Old Havana...

Habana Vieja...now a parking lot...

Decrepitude...

Plaza Vieja: a plaza in Old Havana, it was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas. It is also a great place to grab a locally made Cerveza.

Plaza Vieja...

Microbrew on the Plaza Vieja...

El Capitolio (National Capitol Building):  was the seat of government in Cuba until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Its design and name recall the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C..  Completed in 1929, it was the tallest building in Havana until the 1950s and houses the world’s third largest indoor statue.

Capitolio Nacional ...

The National Capital...

El Morro Fortress: is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana harbor; Built in 1929, Morro Castle was built because of the threat to the harbor from pirates. Dan Sniffin and I spent some time shooting there. Dan was very intrigued with the photo opportunities that the pedestrian tunnel offered.

Morro Fortress protect Havana Bay...

Tunnel in Morro Fortress...

The Great Theatre of Havana: is an opera house famous particularly for the National Ballet of Cuba. It sometimes hosts performances by the National Opera. The theater is also known as concert hall, García Lorca, the biggest in Cuba. We had the privilege of being able to shoot during one of the rehearsals.

The Great Theatre of Havana...

Lobby, The Great Theatre of Havana

The Great Theatre of Havana the home of The National Ballet of Cuba...

I hope you enjoyed a brief l0ok at the architecture in Havana as seen thru the lens of my camera.

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