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The Capitolio

Address: Prado, 422, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 7 8637861
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Ranked #60 of 421 things to do in Havana
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Modeled after the U.S. Capitol, El Capitolo encompasses a planetarium and three museums.
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Modeled after the U.S. Capitol, El Capitolo encompasses a planetarium and three museums.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We were able to see it from the outside but entry has been prohitbed for some time. We were told that in a year or two it may reopen again and definitely would be worth a visit. All the same, it is an astounding presence in old havana and with the old cars close by, it makes it a great... More 

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Regina, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I have been to Habana 4 times in the last 5 years and the Capitolio has always been closed for renovations. While it looks like some progress is being made-- scaffolding is now around the dome-- I think I'll wait 5 years before trying to see it. Maybe the renovations will be done then!

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Burnaby, Canada
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Havana is a striking visual experience for a tourist. In Havana there are multiple examples of architecture spanning hundreds of years of European influences. The Capital Building hammers home the contrasts of the Cuban nation as it stands towering over a people who exist only barely well enough to live. It is a stark reminder of a time when those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This building will look familiar to you right away, is very similar to the US Capitol Building in Washington DC, USA. It is one of the most impressive buildings in Cuba, it was built between 1929 and 1932, was served as the Cuban congress until 1959, except for the huge size of this building, you will notice the stairs with... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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Jerusalem, Israel
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Stockholm
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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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Newport Beach, California
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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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australia
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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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