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Address: La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: +5354985750
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square),...

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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The Old Square is a fabulous place in Havana with a UNESCO World heritage site status. There are various restaurants and a micro brewery around the perimeter and an amazing... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Old Square is a fabulous place in Havana with a UNESCO World heritage site status. There are various restaurants and a micro brewery around the perimeter and an amazing sculpture of a naked women, wearing high heals sitting on a rooster holding a fork!!! Probably the most bizarre statue I have ever seen with some very deep meanings. At... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the heart and pulse of Havana with so many things to see and experience. Great places to eat and have drinks. Music and night was fun, energetic and super fun! Must GO!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very impressive. One of the best squares in Havana. Very lively, crowded. Nice cafes and restaurants around

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to this square as part of an afternoon tour and it was lovely. The architecture was beautiful and it had a lovely atmosphere. There is an odd sculpture of a woman sitting on a rooster, not sure what that was about! Nice restaurants and cafes around also. Definitely worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the bigger plazas. Not the nicest but definitely this one should be in your Havana walking tour. Difficult to miss.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a beautiful square with wonderful architecture. The Cubans have started renewing their whole country and this is where they started. You can experience the culture of Cuba in this square. We traveled with Roadscholar and we happen to come here for a music event. Roadscholar has the best ever path around Cuba.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We passed through the Old Square many times on our recent visit to Havana. There is a lot to see there, including an amusing collection of colorful dog sculptures. The fountain is, unfortunately gated off, as people could not seem to stop carving their names in its surround. Make sure to see the woman on the rooster sculpture as well.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is one of many squares in old Havana. Lovely with some great museums and restaurants and people watching/walking in all directions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the tour around Plaza Vieja and the wonderful adjoining streets. Drop into any of the cafes or bars nearby for some people watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place to visit it's hard to believe people live behind some of those doors. People go on about their daily lives not bothering about us tourists. Worth a visit.

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