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Camera Obscura

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Address: Corner of Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba
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+53 7 8664461
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I wasn't sure what to expect but the live, narrated 360-degree views of the city were amazing. The elevator was broken so we had to walk up - a hike but worth it. Views from the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
RosanneNYC
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect but the live, narrated 360-degree views of the city were amazing. The elevator was broken so we had to walk up - a hike but worth it. Views from the rooftop gorgeous.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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254 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to check and see if the elevator is working before purchasing your tickets from the kiosk on the plaza (the door is at the corner of the building). Once at the top you'll enter a small room where a guide will use the Camera Obscura to give you a birds eye, live view of Old Havana. It's a... More 

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Thank CaraMHutchins
Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the highlights of our trip. It was amazing to witness firsthand how some of our most talented artists- Da Vinci, Vermeer, etc- were rumored to have been able to capture the world with such photographic precision, before the invention of photography. Here it is! You will not regret taking the time to see this attraction.

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Thank Brooklydntraveler
Cortlandt Manor, New York
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get a birds eye view of the city from a "spy box" located above the OId City! Guide was great - doing fun optical tricks with the camera. Rooftop views come with the tour!

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Thank GinaMLarson
Belfast, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The concept of a Camera Obscura is fantastic, and if you haven't been to one, it's a must-visit. I have been to a few, but found that the length of time spent here and the detail of the commentary given wasn't as good as at other similar facilities elsewhere. However I do realise that this may be completely dependent on... More 

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Thank sdempsey
Orlando, Florida
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340 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an attraction where I didn't really know what to expect based on the reviews. It is 2 CUC and located in the Plaza Vieja. They do have a lunch hour midday where the attraction closes, so just be aware of that. You go up this tower to a small theater on the roof. There, a tour guide manipulates... More 

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Thank Chris N
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very cool thing to see. Located in one corner of Plaza Vieja, you first buy your ticket ($2 CUC) at the little booth outside. Then take the elevator all the way to the top. There are sweeping views and great picture taking opportinities from the breezy rooftop terrace. Then, they bring in small groups for about a... More 

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Thank gypsysoul7474
Atlanta, Georgia
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You buy a ticket at a little booth just outside on the corner. Show it to the people sitting just inside the door and then take the elevator to the top floor. (4th ?) Once there you can walk around the rooftop terrace until the next "show" begins. The narrator will announce it. Once inside the room there is A... More 

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Thank AmyB27
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only $2 each and there's even a lift to take you up to the top. Great views from the top of the whole city. Very interesting thing to do and great commentary from the guide there. Fascinating and well worth doing. The whole thing can be done very well within about half an hour.

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boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had no idea what to expect -- we arrived early on a friday morning and it was just us (three of us) and one other man who spoke a different language. The man who conducted the experience was so informative, friendly and charming and gave the presentation in two languages. Seeing Havana real time with cars moving, etc. through... More 

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