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The Capitolio

Paseo de Marti (Prado), Havana, Cuba
53 7 862 6536
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Ranked #28 of 116 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We only saw this building from the outside as it's encircled by metal fences due to renovation. Unfortunately, the dome at the top of the building is covered in sheeting/netting and scaffolding so it spoils most of the pictures too. I'm not sure what the inside would of been like but we would of looked round had it of been... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Was unfortunately, being refurbished while we visited, and wasn't able to go inside and see, but it is an impressive building, surrounded by green avenues, old buildings and American cars, and the partagas cigar factory is just behind, what more can you ask!!!

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Greenock, Scotland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Built after the model of the USA capitol in Washington DC, it shares many of its architectural features. Dome is currently eclosed in scaffolding for refurb, so no entry at the moment.

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Melbourne, Australia
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267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

All buildings here seemed crumbled, run down or covered in scaffolds. This is a grand building but so much construction work on and around it. A real shame. Everything takes more than a lifetime to fix.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

An impressive building, a replica to the American one. When we visited it was being restored. Now, it operates as a museum.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
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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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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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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