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Address: Prado, 422, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 7 8637861
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Description: Modeled after the U.S. Capitol, El Capitolo encompasses a planetarium and...
Modeled after the U.S. Capitol, El Capitolo encompasses a planetarium and three museums.
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Although currently being refurbished and renovated the Capital Building is reminiscent of the Capital Building in Washington, DC. It stands resplendent amongst the other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Although currently being refurbished and renovated the Capital Building is reminiscent of the Capital Building in Washington, DC. It stands resplendent amongst the other buildings in the surrounding area and has some amazingly detailed facades and frescoes. I can only hope that it is open for viewing the next time I visit Cuba.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Impressive from the outside, close for renovations so not available to go inside . A famous landmark, next to it nice park honoring American leaders.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Impressing building in Havana city center. It is said to be slightly larger than the Capitolium in Washington DC. Unfortunately it was closed for renovation so we could not get inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Interesting story that Havana's capitol building had to be styled like Washington, DC's, but just a bit taller, which it is by 12 feet, we were told. El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, was Cuba's capital until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959; it is now the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Truly a major architectural piece that is in the process of being restored hence we could not get in, but if you can you should. Truly glorious similar to house of congress in the USA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It's been closed for renovations on both our visits (Dec 2013 and Dec 2014). This is a good thing. It means that the building is being cared for and preserved (it seemed a bit out of shape). We still enjoyed it from the outside, and look forward to visiting it again in the future (when it's hopefully finished it's repairs).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

When we visited the building was closed for renovation, a lot of scaffolding on the front of it as we'll so hard to get a good look and take a wander around the grounds Still this is a fine example of a building

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Unfortunately, the most monumental building in Havana is closed for restoration. It is taking a while and I keep waiting...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We were lucky enough to have visited Havana 8 years ago when we were in Havana, at that time we were able to get a better image and much better photos, there is so much going on around the area and as it was a 2 minute stroll from our Casa we were lucky enough to see this spectacular sight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The building is magnificent, the history about it can definitely define the times of corrupted era when the mafia was in charge ( different mafia from the one you find now in Havana) during the 1920´s and 1930´s.

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