Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,502 contributions
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Old Square - The Plaza Vieja is a square located in Old Havana. It was designed in 1559 and is the most striking plaza in Havana from an architectural point of view. Here the Cuban baroque coexists with the Art Nouveau inspired by the Gaudinian style. 
Written July 2, 2022
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Zen&Co
Bristol465 contributions
This is the main sqaure in Old Havana and a wonderful place to see and perhaps take in the Havana atmosphere. It has a micro brewery in one corner and a very popular restaurant with constant music. However be careful as it also attracts tourist prices and the micro brewery with light or dark beer just make up a figure for your bill which is always over. Take my advice and get down the side streets for better quality and half the prices.
Written March 8, 2020
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Bidule05
France1,274 contributions
We visited the 16th-century Plaza Vieja, which is surrounded by well renovated elegant colourful colonial residences. In the middle of the place, we saw the beautiful Carrara showpiece fountain.
We were lucky because during our visit, there was a fine exhibition of very fine painted cats in Plaza Vieja!!!
Written April 17, 2021
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MPWEST10
Mandurah, Australia624 contributions
This is a different plaza for old Havana. It's mainly surrounded by residential buildings, some with some restaurants in the ground floor or second floor with balconies. It has a beautiful fountain and a weird rooster statue with a naked woman on it... supposedly celebrating women. The restaurants are overpriced and offer tourist food, not good local food. Nice for a visit and maybe a drink not food
Written June 13, 2020
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dianedinky
253 contributions
I didn't go to any of the cafes or restaurants so cannot comment on the quality of the beer or food in this area...however...as a stand alone square I think it has unrivalled beauty. It absolutely took my breath away.
I've travelled to many, many cities all over the world and done my fair share of town squares & plazas, but this one, has gone straight to No1 in my list. Mesmerising.
Written April 24, 2020
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lexi3
136 contributions
We’ve cruised a lot, and this is hands down the best point of disembarking of any place we’ve sailed into, except for places one can only tender to. The area is interesting, though you’d be hard pressed to find any souvenirs to buy with your Cuban tourist funny money. Many shops all selling the same government approved kitchen. The dancers on stilts were worth watching. Pretty sure cruises from US no longer go to Cuba.
Written March 17, 2020
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GlobeTrotters
Toronto, Canada53 contributions
Solo
I have been blessed to go to over 75 countries in the world and this square is one of my favorite places in the world. I don't know what it is.. there is no single thing that makes it stand out but a combination of factors that beautifully blend . From the cobbled streets that lead to it.. to the restaurants and Cafe's that adorn it's edges ... Enticing you to stay . The architecture is beautiful and I spent a lot of time writing.. sitting at the second floor of one of the many Cafe's .

Highly recommend it.. but don't got to just take selfies and pictures... Spend some time and you will fall in love with this place just at I did.
Written March 18, 2020
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Maari100
Helsinki, Finland3,025 contributions
This plaza was built in 1587. It has been renovated entirely using the UNESCO funding. In the middle of plaza there is a new classical marble fountain. La Casona is a palace from the 1800th century - nowadays an arts center.
Written February 17, 2020
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GerryRailBaron
Toronto, Canada109 contributions
The history in Havana's buildings is legendary. At 500 years of age, there's something magnificent to see at every corner. The plaza here was a delight. Good lines of site to the various buildings, so we grabbed a seat at a table in one of the cantinas and ordered ourselves a drink. Just a great place to visit, pass some time, and people watch.
Written May 12, 2020
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Desmond R
Cuba12 contributions
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I really loved this square. A lovely atmosphere and lots of people being guided by their tour operators. I stayed in the nearby Raquel Hotel for a night as I was returning from a 12 day trip to Cuba. I recommend this area as it is full of character.
Written January 24, 2020
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