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“Beautiful”

Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Ranked #2 of 235 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.
Miami, Florida
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I have been traveling to Havana since 1994. I remember the first time I went there. It was a dive. Worst public plaza in the city. Now the change is unbelievable. It is beautiful. I don't like to get into politics on this web site, but if there is ever a change in the government, there is only one person to keep in their position. That is Eusebio Leal, the city historian, and the person in charge of restoration of old Havana. The Plaza Vieja is so far his biggest project. He has restored all the buildings on the square, while keeping common cubans living there. In the center of the plaza is a new fountain, very similar to one that was there a century ago. This plaza is a must see if you go to Havana!

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful square in old Havana”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

One of the oldest and most lively squares of old Havana. Go here early in the morning, to really enjoy the square itself. Also a nice place to go in the evening for a drink or just to walk around.

Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A great place to people watch”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

There are a lot of little nooks and crannies to sit and observe life going by ~ the Old Square is one of the best!

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Restored”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Well it was another grand plaza similar to the Plaza Mayor. The restored buildings were very pretty. Again shops and cafes are the prime things that one sees in those restored buildings

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Lively plaza”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

So much going on in this plaza! Beautiful, old crumbling building! Beware of pick-pockets and con artists.

Visited November 2012
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