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Monument of the Street Person

Plaza de San Francisco | Oficios Street, Havana, Cuba
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Following tradition is essential

This is one of the more unusual pieces of street art in the centre of Havana's tourist district... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John R
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
The Paris Gentleman

There are several versions of who this man was, and how he got his nickname. A well loved street... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maria_Ines_12
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Puerto de Santa Maria
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“el caballero” (16 reviews)
“de paris” (12 reviews)
“homeless man” (5 reviews)
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Plaza de San Francisco | Oficios Street, Havana, Cuba
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"el caballero"
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"de paris"
in 12 reviews
"homeless man"
in 5 reviews
"jose maria"
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"old havana"
in 22 reviews
"great photo opportunity"
in 4 reviews
"life size"
in 3 reviews
"plaza san francisco"
in 3 reviews
"from spain"
in 3 reviews
"his life"
in 4 reviews
"our tour guide"
in 9 reviews
"a lot of fun"
in 3 reviews
"cruise terminal"
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"walking tour"
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"take photos"
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"cuban history"
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"beard"
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Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the more unusual pieces of street art in the centre of Havana's tourist district. The local tradition is to have your photograph taken grasping the statue's beard in one hand while standing on his foot???

Thank John R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several versions of who this man was, and how he got his nickname. A well loved street person, because of his gentlemanly manners, was memorialized after his death. People who met him greatly approve of this homage to a quaint presence in Old...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So the story goes, if you stroke his bead and pull his finger while making a wish, your wish will come true. Unfortunately, my husband only pulled his finger so guess I will not be winning the lottery anytime soon! Great spot to get a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This man is said to still wander the streets of the area and used to be quite a 'famous' street local. You give his beard a rub and make a wish.

Thank Abby G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was told to us that this guy used to roam the streets in Havana. He was an unusual person, if you look at what he is carrying it's reams of paper and stuff. Anyway, if you simultaneously hold his beard, pull his finger and...More

Thank Christine M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was interesting to see the street performers around this monument. You truly have to stop and see if they are statues or real people dressed in copper-hued costumes. Very entertaining to watch them. There must be a significance to holding and rubbing this monument's...More

Thank theblueflyer
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The statue has been pawed by thousands of people - probably every day. Thinking of all the people pawing -and touching - its probably not very hygienic and I'd strongly recommend taking a wipe with you. Its a little out of place in such a...More

Thank isthatyourdog
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Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

Just an inconspicuous statue in the plaza's corner, but a must if one wishes to improve one's fortune. Hold beard and finger, while placing your foot on his. And SMILE for the camera!

1  Thank BJCamada
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Reviewed April 26, 2018

One of several interesting bronze statues in the immediate area. It is lucky to touch his finger or his beard, so I did.

Thank Lenovavibe
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Reviewed April 11, 2018

This was a real street person beloved in the area. The statue is small and could be easily missed but worth the search since it grants wishes. Just stand on his foot, hold his finger in one hand and his beard in another. Make a...More

Thank ljb340
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Response from Honora | Reviewed this property |
Tourists should only use the official pesos. These can only be bought once you are in the country and it is better to buy with euros or sterling as the exchange rate for US dollars is subject to a 10% surcharge. Credit cards... More
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Carlos H
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Response from Leo J S | Reviewed this property |
Actually there many that go there. Among the lines that offer Havana as a port stop now are Fred.Olsen Cruises, Thomson Cruises, Variety Cruises, Noble Caledonia, Viking Cruises, and Star Clippers to name a few. You can... More
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