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Callejon de Hammel

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Address: Between Calles Espada and Aramburu, Havana, Cuba
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Do you want to see something completely different? Then go to Callejon de Hamel. Poor neighborhood transformed into an artistic colony based on Santeria and other African related... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Zagreb, Croatia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Do you want to see something completely different? Then go to Callejon de Hamel. Poor neighborhood transformed into an artistic colony based on Santeria and other African related religions which influence everyday cuban life. All is/was done without a peso from the government and only with a will and artistry from famous local artist Salvador Gonzales and other volunteers who... More 

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Dundee, Scotland
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164 reviews 164 reviews
106 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We visited here twice on our 11 night stay in Habana, the first time was on a Sunday just 2 days after arriving, we had taking a bicycle tour and he stopped there as he obviously had a deal with some of the guys there to bring the gullible tourists in. The place was absolutely heaving and we were told... More 

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vancouver, bc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Visited every Sunday - Arrive early and pay 1-2 CUC for a chair, as far left as possible to stay out of the sun... Bring a hand fan, and a few dollars for a cold beer / snack in the local small restaurant located at the entrance... Great music, but VERY crowded... Definitely worth it.

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Atlanta
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This short street is home to artist Salvador Gonzalez Escalona. You will be able to meet the artist, view his work, and even purchase a piece to take home. His assistant will give you an education about Santeria, the most widely practiced religion in Cuba.

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Staten Island, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We were given an introduction to Santeria by a man who spoke fluent English. We also had the opportunity to see some live dancing. This was way much better than what I was expecting.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

come in on sunday morning for an unbelivable experience of african musc. but beware of the people who approach you and invite you for a drind. you are in for an experience you might want to forego!

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british columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We went on a Sunday to see the free rumba show at noon. We realized that the group, Rumba Morena, was the same one that we saw on Saturday at the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba in Vedado. They were pretty good and high energy with a big group of drummers and singers. However, we didn't stay long, because there... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Callejon de Hamel is billed as "the shortest street in Havana," but it is filled with fantastical art drawn from the traditions of Santeria. Santeria is a spiritual religion brought over by the first African slaves and is now incorporated into Cuban Catholicism. Its colorful artwork celebrates the forces of life not too dissimilar from Native American culture. The short... More 

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east greenwich, rhode island
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253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Very unique site completely decorated with murals and bathtubs by a noted Cuban artist (Hamel) who was influenced by Afro-Cuban religion. Enough said!

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Washington, DC
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This small street has been transformed into art by Salvador Gonzales Escalona, a self-taught artist sometimes considered crazy. His decorated street has become a music and dance venue as well. The paintings and sculpture cover the walls and the surrounding buildings and depict Afro-Cuban mystical and religious traditions. There is a small studio, and some works are for sale, but... More 

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