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Havana

From the Wikipedia entry for Havana:

Havana (Spanish: La Habana) is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 781.58 km² (301.77 square miles) – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region. The city extends mostly westward and southward from the bay, which is entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbors: Mari melena, Guanabacoa and Antares. The sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay.

Havana was founded by the Spanish in 1519 in the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. Due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas, becoming a stopping point for treasure-laden Spanish galleons returning to Spain. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592. Walls as well as forts were built to protect the old city. The sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana's harbor in 1898 was the immediate cause of the Spanish–American War.

Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado and the newer suburban districts.

Old Havana and its Fortification System is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View Centro Habana
View of Centro Habana and Vedado from the Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro. (537k)
Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Russian Orthodox Cathedral. (577k)
Colonial-era Building
Colonial-era building. (802k)
Ornate Building Central
Ornate building in Central Havana. (778k)
Street Central Havana
Street in Central Havana. (774k)
Callejon De Hamel
Callejon de Hamel in Havana. (1039k)
Callejon De Hamel
Callejon de Hamel in Havana. (871k)
University Havana
University of Havana. (727k)
Buildings Havana
Buildings in Havana. (671k)
Buildings Havana Deteriorating
Buildings in Havana, some of them are deteriorating because of hurricane damage and neglect. (746k)
Deteriorating Buildings Havana
Deteriorating buildings in Havana. (699k)
Christ Havana Statue
Christ of Havana statue. (589k)
View Christ Statue
View of the Christ statue from across the harbor. (773k)
Large Cruise Ship
Large cruise ship in Havana harbor. (768k)
Monument Revolution Plaza
Monument in the Revolution Plaza. (587k)
Monument Fidel Castro
Monument to Fidel Castro in the Revolution Plaza. (709k)
Monument Che Guevara
Monument to Che Guevara in the Revolution Plaza. (691k)
Worshipers River Valley
Worshipers in the river valley, practicing African religion. (904k)

Colón Cemetery

From the Wikipedia entry for Colón Cemetery, Havana:

The Colón Cemetery, or more fully in the Spanish language Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, was founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba on top of Espada Cemetery. Named for Christopher Columbus, the 57 ha (141 acres) cemetery is noted for its many elaborately sculpted memorials. It is estimated that today the cemetery has more than 500 major mausoleums (many built by Victor Citarella), chapels, and family vaults.

Colón Cemetery is one of the most important historical cemeteries in the world and is generally held to be the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms, second only to La Recoleta in Buenos Aires. Prior to the opening of the Colón Cemetery, Havana's dead were laid to rest in the crypts of local church catacombs and then, beginning in 1806, at Havana's newly opened Espada Cemetery. When locals realized there would be a need for a larger space for their community's dead (due to an 1868 cholera outbreak), planning then began for the Colón Cemetery.

It was built by the Galician architect Calixto Arellano de Loira y Cardoso, a graduate of Madrid's Royal Academy of Arts of San Fernando, and who became Colón's first occupant when he died before his work was completed. Yet for all its elegance and grandeur Colón Cemetery conceals as much as it displays. Empty tombs and desecrated family chapels disfigure the stately march of Cuban family memorials even in the most prominent of the avenues, and away from the central cross-streets, ruin. Many of these are the tombs of exiled families, whose problems with caring for their dead have been complicated by residence in new countries.

Entrance Gate Cemetery
Entrance gate to the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (664k)
View Over Cemetery
View over the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (728k)
View Over Cemetery
View over the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (832k)
Mausoleum Cemetery Cristóbal
Mausoleum in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (759k)
Mausoleum Cemetery Cristóbal
Mausoleum in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (961k)
Mausoleum Cemetery Cristóbal
Mausoleum in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (960k)
Mausoleum Cemetery Cristóbal
Mausoleum in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (691k)
Mausoleum Cemetery Cristóbal
Mausoleum in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (701k)
Elaborate Graves Cemetery
Elaborate graves in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (734k)
Elaborate Graves Cemetery
Elaborate graves in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (719k)
Church Cemetery Cristóbal
Church in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (654k)
Inside Church Cemetery
Inside the church in the Cemetery Cristóbal Colón. (565k)

Old Havana

From the Wikipedia entry for Old Havana:

Old Havana (Spanish: La Habana Vieja) is the city-center (downtown) and one of the 15 municipalities (or boroughs) forming Havana, Cuba. It has the second highest population density in the city and contains the core of the original city of Havana. The positions of the original Havana city walls are the modern boundaries of Old Havana.

View Old Havana
View of Old Havana. (898k)
View Old Havana
View of Old Havana over the Old Square. (863k)
Street Old Havana
Street in Old Havana. (837k)
Street Old Havana
Street in Old Havana. (820k)
Street Old Havana
Street in Old Havana. (814k)
Buildings Old Havana
Buildings in Old Havana. (635k)
Street Musicians Old
Street musicians in Old Havana. (840k)
Small Park Old
Small park in Old Havana. (1227k)
Old Square Old
Old Square in Old Havana. (737k)
Old Square Old
Old Square in Old Havana. (790k)
Old Square Old
Old Square in Old Havana. (768k)
Plaza De Armas
Plaza de Armas with the Palacio del Segundo Cabo in the background. (1179k)
Small Mortars Castillo
Small mortars at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza. (786k)
Cannons Castillo De
Cannons at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza. (883k)
Large Cannon Castillo
Large Cannon at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza. (942k)
Basilica Menor De
Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis. (635k)
Church Santo Cristo
Church of Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje. (771k)
Cathedral Virgin Mary
The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception. (743k)
Bell Tower Cathedral
Bell tower of the cathedral. (643k)
Leo D'lazaro's Sculpture
Leo D'Lazaro's sculpture of an obese Sancho Panza borne by his long-suffering donkey. The bronze was created in 1989 and was awarded in a sculpture competition on July 26, 1993. (1066k)
View Cruise Ship
View of the cruise ship harbor. (736k)

Morro Castle

From the Wikipedia entry for Morro Castle (Havana):

Morro Castle (Spanish: Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro), named after the three biblical Magi, is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay in Havana, Cuba. The design was drawn up by the Italian engineer Battista Antonelli; originally under the control of Spain, the fortress was captured by the British in 1762, and was returned to the Spanish under treaty terms a year later.

The Morro fortress in Havana shares its name with structures in Santiago de Cuba and the Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In this case, the Spanish "morro" means a rock which is very visible from the sea and therefore serves as a navigational landmark. Perched on the promontory on the opposite side of the harbor from Old Havana, it can be viewed from miles around as it dominates the port entrance. Built initially in 1589 in response to raids on Havana harbor, el Morro protected the mouth of the harbor with a chain being strung out across the water to the fort at La Punta.

Castillo De Los
Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro. (753k)
Top Castle Canons
Top of the castle with canons. (675k)
Top Castle Canons
Top of the castle with canons. (678k)
Top Castle Canons
Top of the castle with canons. (535k)
Inside Castle
Inside the castle. (1092k)
Inside Castle
Inside the castle. (882k)
Inside Castle
Inside the castle. (941k)

Fusterlandia

In 1975 the artist José Rodríguez Fuster converted his home in the fishing village Jaimanitas into an art museum by adoring it with tile mosaics. By now the whole neighborhood is decorated with these tile mosaics.

View Over Fusterlandia
View over Fusterlandia. (994k)
View Over Fusterlandia
View over Fusterlandia. (979k)
Fusterlandia
Fusterlandia. (882k)
Tile Mosaics
Tile mosaics. (983k)
Tile Mosaics
Tile mosaics. (975k)
Tile Mosaics
Tile mosaics. (1017k)
Tile Mosaics Painted
Tile mosaics and painted tiles. (1059k)
Tile Mosaics Painted
Tile mosaics and painted tiles. (710k)
Tile Mosaics Painted
Tile mosaics and painted tiles. (783k)
Tile Mosaics Painted
Tile mosaics and painted tiles. (923k)
Patriotic Mosaic
Patriotic mosaic. (1015k)

Cienfuegos

From the Wikipedia entry for Cienfuegos:

Cienfuegos, capital of Cienfuegos Province, is a city on the southern coast of Cuba. It is located about 250 km (155 miles) from Havana and has a population of 150,000. The city is dubbed La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South). Cienfuegos literally translates to "one hundred fires"—cien meaning "one hundred", fuegos meaning "fires".

The area where the city lies was identified as Cacicazgo de Jagua by early Spanish conquistadors. It was originally settled by Taino indigenous people. Cacicazgo translates from the Taino language as "chiefdom". Cacicazgo de Jagua was therefore the chiefdom of Chief Jagua.

The city was later settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana led by Don Louis de Clouet on April 22, 1819. The settlers named the city Fernandina de Jagua in honor of King Ferdinand VII of Spain and Chief Jagua. The settlement successively became a town (villa) in 1829, renamed for José Cienfuegos, Captain General of Cuba (1816–19), and a city in 1880.

The Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historical Building Spanish
Historical building in Spanish Colonial architecture in Cienfuegos. (681k)
José Martí Park
José Martí Park and City Hall. (887k)
José Martí Park
José Martí Park. (837k)
City Hall
City Hall. (789k)
Catedral De La
Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion. (599k)
Arco De Triunfo
Arco de Triunfo. (743k)
Theater Cienfuegos
Theater in Cienfuegos. (781k)
Mosaics Theater
Mosaics on the theater. (547k)
Mosaics Theater
Mosaics on the theater. (787k)
Mosaics Theater
Mosaics on the theater. (752k)
Mosaics Theater
Mosaics on the theater. (774k)
Statue José Martí
Statue of José Martí. (760k)
Typical Street Cienfuegos
Typical street in Cienfuegos. (774k)
Pedestrian Street Cienfuegos
Pedestrian street in Cienfuegos. (876k)
Paseo El Prado
Paseo El Prado, main street in Cienfuegos. (741k)
House Paseo El
House on the Paseo El Prado. (653k)
Palacio De Valle
Palacio de Valle. (1046k)
Mansions
One of the mansions. (548k)
Tribute Che Guevara
Tribute to Che Guevara. It translates to "Knight unblemished and fearless". (725k)
All Buildings Good
Not all buildings were in good repair. (922k)

Trinidad

From the Wikipedia entry for Trinidad, Cuba:

Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba. It was founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar under the name Villa de la Santísima Trinidad.

Hernán Cortés recruited men for his expedition from Juan de Grijalva's home in Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus, at the start of his 1518 expedition. This included Pedro de Alvarado and his five brothers. After ten days, Cortes sailed, the alcayde Francisco Verdugo failing to prevent Cortes from leaving, despite orders from Diego Velázquez.

Francisco Iznaga, a Basque landowner in the southern portion of Cuba during the first 30 years of the colonization of Cuba, was elected Mayor of Bayamo in 1540. Iznaga was the originator of a powerful lineage which finally settled in Trinidad where the Torre Iznaga (Iznaga Tower) is. His descendants fought for the independence of Cuba and for annexation to the USA, from 1820 to 1900.

Trinidad is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, such as the Palacio Brunet and the Palacio Cantero, were built in its days of prosperity from the sugar trade.

Trinidad, together with the nearby Valle de los Ingenios is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View Over Trinidad
View over Trinidad. (838k)
Plaza Mayor Left
Plaza Mayor (left) and Palacio Brunet (right). (847k)
Plaza Mayor Church
Plaza Mayor, church of San Francisco de Asis in the background. (793k)
Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor. (918k)
Casa Ortiz Tower
Casa Ortiz and the tower of Palacio Cantero. (840k)
Casa Ortiz
Casa Ortiz. (764k)
Church San Francisco
Church of San Francisco de Asis. (887k)
Church Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity. (723k)
Altar Church Holy
Altar in the Church of the Holy Trinity. (663k)
Altar Church Holy
Altar in the Church of the Holy Trinity. (691k)
Church San Francisco
Church of San Francisco de Paula. (774k)
Colonial Architecture Museum
Colonial Architecture Museum in the Casa de las Sánchez Iznaga. (721k)
Small Plaza Notice
Small plaza. Notice the wrought iron work on all windows and doors. (862k)
Cobble Stone Street
Cobble stone street in Trinidad. (743k)
Cobble Stone Street
Cobble stone street in Trinidad. (733k)
Cobble Stone Street
Cobble stone street in Trinidad. (802k)

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