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Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Ranked #2 of 251 things to do in Havana
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is a beautiful old square and it is fascinating to see the degree of dereliction prior to renovation. There is an excellent micro brewery in the square, a pleasant place to have lunch and listen to the resident band.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is certainly a great place throughout the day or night to enjoy, enjoy a coffee or beer in any of the establishments whilst people watching or listening to a live band, the food is not bad either! Felt as though i was in Spain as its identical to some of the plaza`s Spain has to offer.

Thank Rdfdr78
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is a gorgeous plaza in Old Havana. El Portal Del Santo Angel is a restaurant on the corner - good food & great people watching if you sit outside.

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

To me, the nicest square in Havana. Very italian looking, spacious and not too crowded. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Really nicely restored. Good coffee stop in one corner where you can get a great cup of coffee and "people-watch"

1  Thank Tony T
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