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“Restoration”

Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Ranked #2 of 228 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.
Ottawa, Canada
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“Restoration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

Nice to see buildings being restored. The new colors are very brilliant. Love to see is completed. Could have done without the Exhaust smell.

Visited March 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“No Need To Go Far From Here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great architecture and vibe.
Coffee / dessert on one side..Meals / beer on the other.
We found ourselves spending quite a bit of time here. :)

Visited February 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“great atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

plenty to see and do.....with good company..local ladies in traditional dress, obviously for the tourists, selling flowers and want tipping for any photographs taken...

Visited February 2014
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Moncton, NB
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“Best plaza in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

It's incredible to look at the pictures and see the before and after pictures of the buildings in this plaza. The best part for me was the Factoria Plaza Vieja brewery. Excellent beer and well worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Coffee, beer or just a wander through”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

The Escorial coffee shop not only serves the best coffee in town, but also sells it to you at a very reasonable cost in beans of ground (for a little extra).
The famous brewery is opposite, popular judging by the number of people outside and diagonally across from there is the Camera Oscura where you can take in your fill of views of Havana.

Visited March 2014
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