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 Catedral Ortodoxa de San Nicolás de Mira  RECOMENDED

Surprise! Inaugurated in 2004 by the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch, after an exemplary and very complicated construction process. The architects Rodríguez Cunill and Rodríguez Sánchez, leading a team of consultants, technicians and craftsmen (Henríquez Ureña pointed out once that the artistic work never remains the product of an individual but of a group of people and their high intellectual tension) accepted the challenge to put up an XXI century Byzantine temple in the middle of old Havana. They managed to resolve all the problems that, apart from the creative side, are involving the erection of the vault, the foundation and waterproofing process of the walls covered with decorations. Outstanding combination between the typical Cuban stone walls of the outside and the interior profuse in candle holders, walls, mosaics and original icons from Greece and other countries. Magnificent, without doubt, the wooden iconostasis and the altar sculptured out of marble by the Cuban Quintanilla.
Parque Madre Teresa de Calcuta. La Habana 

 Museo del Chocolate  RECOMENDED

Opened at the end of 2003 in the famous Casa de la Cruz Verde, once the residence of the Counts of Lagunilla. The museum is inspired in the one situated in the Royal Square of Brussels. The history of cocoa production can be followed on big panels and through written documents. Advertisements of chocolate producers are also to be seen, as well as pots, porcelain cups, recipients done out of copper, jugs, pitchers, wooden grinders, sweets and chocolate boxes... An area reserved for the observation of the fabrication process and an other one for chocolate tasting completes this amazing place.
Calle Amargura esquina a Mercaderes. La Habana. 

 Iglesia de San Felipe Neri  RECOMENDED

Restored and inaugurated again in February 2004, adapted to the performance of lyrical and opera Concerts (The Paula church is dedicated to antique music and the one named San Francisco to symphonic and coral ones). It was build in 1693 as the part of a convent wearing the same name; afterwards it was owned by the Capuchins and transformed later on to be the headquarter of the Banco de Comercio in 1924 and the Trust Company of Cuba in 1952 (The altar and the sacrarium were substituted by the save). As usual the historian office did a wonderful job and the temple is now something beautiful to be seen.
Calle Obrapía esquina a Aguiar. La Habana. 

 Callejón de Hamel  RECOMENDED

Named after Fernando de Hamel, an arms carrier during the Secession war with north American, French and German origins, who afterwards used to live in this passage. Its real fame and valor nevertheless starts in 1990 due to the initiative and creativity of Camagüey born Salvador Gónzalez and his many collaborators. All the walls have been covered with magnificent mural exhibitions during a period where small workshops, art galleries and altars have been set up in dedication to Afro-Cuban traditions, especially to its three religions: Santería, palo monte and abakuá. Musical activities such as rumba (most appreciated), boleros (in one of those houses “feeling” was born – curious but true), poetical releases and theater performances for children are taking place as well. Harry Belafonte, Sidney Pollack or Compay Segundo are among its visitors. An original place to see, not touristy, really communal instead and open to everybody. In this sense one of the sayings written on one of its walls can be applied: “cualquiera se come un ñame”.
Callejón de Hamel entre Aramburu y Hospital. La Habana 

 Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)  RECOMENDED

At the beginning of the sixties on a terrain that was part of the exclusive Country Club, Fidel Castro commissioned the construction of a Centre dedicated to the teaching and development of the arts. As the U.S embargo already started to affect the island, the Italian architects Garatti and Gottardi and the Cuban Porro were obliged to economize. They decided to adapt their selection of materials to the very nature of the site. Catalan bricks and vaults offer the fundament of its interlacing galleries, cupolas and staircases imposing a strong red contrast to its green surroundings. The five different schools which comprise the Centre (modern dance, ballet, plastic arts, dramatic arts and painting) are situated in independent locations, parts of an harmonic complex. The result not only escapes defined tendencies, creating an individual, faultless and elegant style but raises this construction into one of the most commented buildings of the XX century. An absolute “must-see” to a cultivated traveller.
Calle 120 Nº 1110 e/ 9ª y 13, Cubanacán. Playa. La Habana 

 La Esquina Caliente 

For a long time, people from different places have been meeting here to speak about baseball. All of them share their views -some, peacefully, others, screaming-. One can support the player or team they may like but most people here are supporters of the team "Industriales", from Havana, and only a few of the team "Santiago", its eternal rival.
Parque Central. La Habana 

 Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced, en Bauta 

Known better with the name of “iglesia de Orígenes”, place where a literary-artistic group, drawn together by a journal with the same name and the famous Cuban poet José Lezama Lima, used to meet with frequency. The priest was poet Ángel Gaztelo and during various meetings and feasts (The author of the “Paradiso” Lezama Lima called them “ceremonial de la amistad” which means “celebration of friendship) the main characters of Cuban literary culture came together: Cintio Vitier, Fina García Marruz, Eliseo Diego and Bella Garcia (they even married in this place), Cleva Solís and Octavio Smith, the musician Julián Orbón and the painters Mariano Rodríguez and René Portacarrero; some of their paintings are exposed and transform the whole place in a little museum. 24 km away from la Habana.
Calle 247 nº 15007. Bauta. Provincia Habana 

 Barrio Chino  RECOMENDED

It was born in Havana City by the middle of 1800. Recently restored and rejuvenated, it has come alive and now visitors may see typical streets, houses, decorations, shops, and of course, today Chinese descendants from yesterday Chinese.
San Nicolás e/ Zanja y Dragones, Centro Habana 

 Casa Museo de Lezama Lima  RECOMENDED

Lezama´s readers visit the house of the writer almost as a place of pilgrimage. Those who do not know his works leave his house with the idea of being acquainted with this exceedingly Cuban and universal writer, a Góngora of the twentieth century or a James Joyce of the Spanish language. The writer lived in this house from 1929 until his death in 1976, making only two short journeys away from Cuba during his lifetime. This writer was the maker of a poetic system, leaving his mark in every corner of the house, where one can imagine his habits, his living space, even the smell of his cigars. Here, it is also possible to admire the excellent pictures by his friends, painters such as Mariano, Portocarrero, Carreño, Arche or Arístides Fernández. The guides showing the house are an outstanding example of culture and professionality alike.
Calle Trocadero nº 162. Centro Habana. 

 Cafetal Angerona  RECOMENDED

It is impossible not to associate this place with the love story between Cornelio Souchay, the decent and cultivated German who bought this piece of Land in 1813 and the beautiful and intelligent Úrsula Lambert, who was born in Haiti and arrived in 1822. Their profound love and physical attraction became legendary as well as the particular name which this romantic middle-European chose for signing his documents: “roble de olor” (smelling oak). During its best years this coffee-plantation got 428 slaves and its installations were considered the best ones in Cuba. Today we can still see the ruins of lodgings and tower, the basements and the sculpture of Angerona, goddess of silence and fertility of the ground.
Ctra. Artemisa-Cayajabos, km 5,5. Finca Sousse. Artemisa. Provincia Habana. 

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