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Callejon de Hammel

Between Calles Espada and Aramburu, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #37 of 115 attractions in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Neighborhoods
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vancouver, bc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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580 reviews 580 reviews
151 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
65 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I loved this place. It was colourful and fun! The live band and dancers were so spectacular that unless you see it for yourself, you just can't understand it! My only complaint is that there isn't any shade. be smarter than I was and bring a hat. Other than that, I loved it!!

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Crete, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a very colorful place in the middle of a Havana neighborhood. There are dancers in colorful costumes who put on a short show, at least they do for the tour buses. The can is passed, and most people put in 1 CUC. There is also artwork and CD's for sale here. The highlight of this visit for me... More

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