Camera Obscura
Camera Obscura
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Xavier Rodo
7 contributions
Aug 2022
We were mentioned about the Camara Oscura in the Plaza Vieja, a building and facility rebuilt with the support of the town of Cadiz (Spain). The entrance is at one corner of the Plaza and an elevator takes you to the upper floor and terrace where you can enjoy splendid views of the town. A cheap fee is to be paid (20 CUP) and in small groups of up to 10 people you can access the dark chamber where real-time 360 deg. views can be seen of the roofs and terraces and main buildings in Havana, thanks to a big lens that projects onto a circular display. A very interesting experience!
Written August 21, 2022
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ClanAnderson
Leicester, UK366 contributions
Aug 2022
A great place to visit, view are amazing from the top. There is a lift to the top but it's good fun climbing the stairs to the top in 30 degrees heat! Air con room at the top where the camera is. This was amazing to see the whole of the city live in action, it was like watching a video but there are no cameras, never seen anything like this before and was definitely worth the climb to the top. Great photo opportunities too.
Written August 8, 2022
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,736 contributions
Jan 2020
Enjoyable half hour for 2 CUC. Hadn't seen a camera obscura before and this one gave a very clear view of the city, with a good explanation from the guide. You also get to go out on to the roof terrace so can take some great pics ofwhat you've just seen in the camera obscura.
Written January 30, 2020
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Mark P
Tiverton, Canada106 contributions
Jan 2020
I had no idea that this little gem existed in the city. It was oddly like watching a video, but this is all actually live and no cameras are involved at all. Very neat and worth attending. The view from the roof is amazing too. Bring your zoom camera.
Written April 20, 2020
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Amber M
Rock Hill, SC23 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This was probably the coolest part of our visit to Cuba. It was neat to see such an old invention. Cost a little bit to go up the elevator and view the city from above. Great place to take pictures on the balcony
Written February 4, 2020
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Mediatwin
Bournemouth, UK184 contributions
Feb 2011
First the science bit! A Camera Obscura is a darkened room where a lens and a series of mirrors throw images of the exterior surroundings onto a concave surface. The room tends to be high up in the building, so you get a pin-sharp 360 degree view of the landscape, which can be zoomed in.

Havana's Camera Obscura installation gives a superb bird's eye view of the city. For about 10-15 minutes, a guide pans and zooms around the cityscape, pointing out buildings and monuments of interest and discreetly spying on the locals and tourists. Great for people watching!

There are different guides with various language skills, so we didn't need to wait long until one fluent in English was available. As well as the Camera Obscura, there's also access to a roof garden and a terrific view of the city - all for only a couple of pesos.

I'm amazed that this attraction more widely advertised and known - it's highly recommended and should be high up on your list of things to do in Havana.
Written March 7, 2011
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Irene L
Tortola11 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
A must visit to exprience this brilliant man's invention and see all of Havana from a different perspective.
Written May 25, 2012
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100nights19flights
Japan245 contributions
Jan 2019
The science behind this tour of Havana adds to the fun. The tour is given in Spanish and English. It is well worth the price.
Written October 27, 2019
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Jimfoto
Orlando, FL23 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Being a photographer, even the idea of a camera obscura deserves 4 stars. This did not disappoint. It's actually a pretty sophisticated version which delivers a great 360 degree view of the Havana skyline. You can also walk out on the roof and see the skyline in person. Go ahead, google "camera obscura" find out what it is, see how many of them are in your part of the world (74 worldwide?) and cough up the $2 when you're in Plaza Vieja.
Written May 22, 2017
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Anita M
Cincinnati, OH91 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is a small but significant experience that is totally worth the time in Havana. Not only do you get to see a piece of history and a form of technology that one rarely gets to see and only something like 15 in the world with public access. The camera gives you a 360 view of the city and then there is also an amazing view from the rooftop. Only suggestion: if you're up for it, and are even slightly claustrophobic, hit the stairs for the 5 floor climb up. Definitely take the stairs down. The elevator is oppressively small. You can also do this in about 1/2 hour. We got there right before closing and did it with plenty of time though we might have liked to linger on the roof for views a little longer.
Written May 15, 2017
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