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The Capitolio

Paseo de Marti (Prado), Havana, Cuba
53 7 862 6536
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Ranked #27 of 111 attractions in Havana
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Modeled after the U.S. Capitol, El Capitolo encompasses a planetarium and three museums.
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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369 reviews 369 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

A must see building ,similar to capital building in America ,it has been restored so its good to see important buildings being looked after .Good example of 1900 s architecture

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Havana, Cuba
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Built between 1926 and 1929, a time record, during President Gerardo Machado Goverment (who later became a right wing dictator), this building is not exactly a copy of the Washington notable House of Representatives. Certainly, they have the same fonction (in Cuba, after restoration, it will be used with the same aim), but, for instance, the Havana Capitol has interior... More

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Kent, UK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Great to see such classic architecture - shame about all the scaffold when we visited but it will no doubt look magnificent when the repairs are completed.

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big apple
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Despite what clowns all over the web, and in print say, the architects who designed this building cited the Pantheon in Paris as their inspiration. And despite statements to the contrary, this building is not actually shaped like the Capitol. Don't believe everything you read. Lazy people plagiarize stupid people. And myths are born.

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Telford,England
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Just down the road from our hotel the Parque Central. A very impressive building and a landmark all over Havana. It is being renovated and we could not go inside so can’t give it more than 4. If we revisit Havana hopefully we can go in then.

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Winnipeg
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

It's nice to see that this building is being restored, it'll look great when it's done, and when it's opens, I'm sure it would be worth doing a tour. But I don't know if it was a bad day or what, but this was the worst experience I have ever had with vendors/scammers/beggars. My wife and I were hounded constantly... More

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Pune
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I went to this location a week back. Since it was under renovation, I could not go in but the building is awe inspiring and magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

An amazing building, copy of the WhiteHouse. It is an impressive monument of the old times. Inside has a big jewel, supposed to be the "center" of Cuba.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Totally breathtaking but unfortunately it was closed, so me and my boyfriend couldnt go up, i heard that from up there u can see an amazing view of whole town. It was very upsetting that we couldnt do it, but i always enjoyed passing by capitolio with all the old cars parked in front of it...lovely.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The outside of this building is the spitting image of the one in Washington DC and does look spectacular. It will be amazing when the renovations have been completed. The garden areas at the side are very peaceful and loof fantastic. Make sure you take some water as it becomes a sun trap. No fee for looking outside but I... More

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