The Architecture of Havana Walk & Drive - detailed description


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In addition to the walk in the morning with a specialized guide through the historic part of Havana and seeing architectural gems from the baroque colonial period, you’ll also visit La Maqueta (scale model). Old Havana in miniature, but still 48m2. It took three years to build this detailed project with light and sound effects. It gives you the helicopter view of this historic part of the city.

Lunchtime

Lunch (included) is served in the restaurant you have chosen (you can find their descriptions here). The guide says goodbye, this gives you a bit of private time with your travel companion (s).
At 02.30 pm (14.30 hours) the driver will pick you up and you will settle in one of our classic cars for a panoramic ride along the architectural styles of Havana.

From around 1840, the Neoclassical building style develops, partly under the influence of French immigrants. (The southern city of Cienfuegos has the most neoclassical buildings of the country).

At the beginning of the 20th century the so-called Eclectic period begins, the Spaniards were chased away and so was the dominant architectural style. The USA brought strong influence to Cuba.

We show you photogenic examples, such as:

- Hotel Saratoga (1933)

- University of Havana (1902)

- Monument José Miguel Gomez (1936)

- El Capitolio (1926-1929)

- Gran Teatro Nacional (opened 1915)

- Hotel Nacional de Cuba (1930)

- Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (1927)

- Casa de las Tejas Verdes (house with the green tiles). 1926 - Only example Queen Anne architecture in Cuba.

At the end of the twenties, the Art Deco - Art Nouveau style was introduced, culminating in the Bacardí building from 1930. The Solimar building from 1944 and the Lopez Serrano building from 1932 are elegant illustrations of this architectural style.

The period from the 1950s onwards is called Modernism. High-rise buildings (Focsa, 1956) are being built up, but also beautiful hotels such as Habana Riviera (1957) and Havana Hilton from 1958 (from 1959 Hotel Habana Libre).

From the Post-Revolution period, you can see the Russian Embassy (1978 to 1987) and the Atlantico building (2000-2007) in a businesslike architecture that contrasts with the environment and warm-blooded Cuba.

This is a trip for lovers, a visual roller coaster for the eyes. Havana is so rich in architecture, balconies, wrought-iron fences, ornaments, decoration, color, fantasy, playfulness, emergency solutions, patios, figures, stained glass, and vistas. Parts of Havana have been nicely restored. From decay from the past to a future full of verve.

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