On June 12th of 1554, it was founded as the Town of the Indians (Pueblo de Indios) and a year later, for the space of six months, it became the temporal capital of the island due to the attack of the French corsair Jacques de Sores. Today there are buildings related to history, among them the ancient Lyceum (Liceo Artístico y Literario), where José Martí made his first public speech in Cuba, and the Temple of Potosi (Ermita del Potosí), an ancient architectural jewel of the period. It became the Villa of Our Lady of Asuncion of Guanabacoa (Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Guanabacoa) on August 14th 1743.
It is also known as the Villa of Pepe Antonio, and is the second municipality in territorial extension in the province of Havana City. It features deep religious roots, both catholic as well as those from African origin, and it treasures its historical quarters which were declared a National Monument in 1990.
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Address: Calle O e/ 23 y 25, Vedado, Vedado, Havana, Cuba Why was Hotel Saint John’s voted #9 by Travelucion clients? We hear you say – WHAT is Hotel Saint John’s in Havana doing on a top 10 list? Well, you see our list is different as you´ve already seen if you got to #9. Hotel Saint John’s is 1 block from the Hotel Nacional, 5 minutes from Old Havana and 10 minutes from Miramar. It is located in probably one [...]
Address: 3RA Y 70 Miramar Playa, Havana, Cuba Why was Hotel H10 Panorama Miramar voted #10 by Travelucion clients? To dispel criticism for placing this hotel 10th, there are over 60 hotels in Havana so being in the top 10 means something. We think. However, if we were to consider purely service and rooms, Hotel H10 Panorama would probably be second on the list. The reason the Hotel H10 Panorama is relegated to 10th spot is because it's almost entirely [...]
Old Havana or Habana Vieja is the Old quarter of Havana, founded by the Spanish in 1519 and constructed around the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. A major mooring point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons that crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean between the New World and the Old World. In the 17th century it was one of the main shipbuilding centers of the new world hosting a massive shipyard to both build new and repair old vessels from [...]
Address: Calle Marti and avenida Cavada Located in the center of Pinar del Rio on Calle Marti, the Museum of Natural Sciences presents a summary of the evolution man as a species, also covering from the birth of life until the origin of humankind. It is located in the ancient Guasch Palace, amongst the most outstanding buildings in Pinar del Rio, the Palacio de Guasch was built in 1909 by a prominent doctor who wanted to incorporate some of his [...]
Located in a former prison and on this site since 1961 the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory is an ideal daytrip to spend a couple of hours watching people busily roll some of Pinar Del Rios finest cigars. Neatly seated side by side at special wooden benches, the cigar makers carry out their work with dexterity and amazing speed, producing vast numbers of cigars of identical weight and length in the time it takes to bat an eyelid. Similar but much [...]