The Haunting Beauty of Havana’s Buildings

Cuba‘s well-known for, among other things, its architecture. However, after 50 years of neglect, many of its now historic buildings are falling apart. Many others struggle to retain their majestic beauty.

Gran Teatro de la Habana
Hotel Inglaterra

I can only imagine how splendid these buildings looked back then.

Hotel Plaza
This building would have looked nicer without the clothes
La Floridita - one of Hemingway's haunts

We should have stopped at La Floridita for a daiquiri, but didn’t.

This could use some work
Bacardi Building

Previously supporters of the revolution, the Bacardi family left Cuba rather than let the regime nationalize their business. Bacardi is now headquartered in Bermuda.

The Bacardi rum is the main ingredient in Cuba Libres and daiquiris.

Convento de San Francisco
Old Havana
Old Havana building
Square in Old Havana
Decaying beauties

The restaurant atop the Hotel Ambos Mundos provides a panoramic view of some of Havana’s decaying buildings.

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4 comments on “The Haunting Beauty of Havana’s Buildings

  1. Holy smokes — you’re doing a great job! PostADay is an intense challenge — and you’ve jumped into the deep end as a new blogger. I had the pleasure of visiting Cuba two years ago, and it was wonderful. Old Havana was one of the most fascinating places. One almost has to wonder what it would be like to see these old buildings in their glory days.

  2. Thanks, Fab! I’m inspired by the places I’ve visited. I was worried that I’d run out of things to write about but even the fact that the mojitos tasted different gave me an idea for a post.
    Cuba is really a fascinating place. I, too loved I could have seen some of these buildings in their “glory days.” I can’t wait to go back. This time, I want to go to Santiago.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Lol, no, clothes were hanging from a line on the balcony. Those buildings could use a lot of paint.

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