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Cuba

Saturday, 10 July 2004
Habana Vieja

Habana Vieja

I took this photo on the outskirts of Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana, and it’s a typical street scene showing buskers and shops.  The plaza itself is the central tourist hub of Old Havana, but these photos were taken on a “quiet day”.

I forgot to mention yesterday that the bones of Christopher Columbus were removed from the Cathedral after the revolution and taken to Santo Domingo. Later it was discovered that they were not his real remains.  Well of course.

Posted by bigblue on 10/07/2004 at 12:04 AM
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Thursday, 08 July 2004
Catedral de la Virgen Maria de la Concepcion Inmaculada

Havana Cathedral

This is the Havana Cathedral, which was built between 1748 and 1777 (with a short break in 1767 when the Jesuits were expelled from Spain and her overseas territories). It was designated a Cathedral in 1787, and housed the remains of Christopher Columbus between 1796 and 1898 It is a fine example of the Cuban baroque style of architecture found in Habana Vieja (Old Havana). This area of Havana was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, and is in the process of being restored to glory.  I took this photo, two years ago, from the museum at the opposite end of Plaza de la Catedral.
There is information about the work being done at this World Heritage site at the UNESCO website.

Posted by bigblue on 08/07/2004 at 07:23 PM
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