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Seven Interesting Facts About Havana on Its Quincentenary
On March 1, 2019, we begin our voyages to Cuba and we are very excited to be back on this Caribbean gem. At Victory Cruise Lines, we offer a whole circumnavigation of the island, a land tour with two nights on the island to experience all of Cuba’s beauty. For guests that just want to spend a weekend, we have a wonderful Havana Weekend.
Havana is getting ready to celebrate its 500 year anniversary, and we are celebrating as well. Here’s some information and interesting facts about Havana to get to know more about Cuba’s capital.
#1- Havana Vieja was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. The area retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments.
#2- Old Havana has five plazas: Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza del Cristo, and Plaza de la Catedral. The plazas are surrounded by other important buildings in the city such as Antiguo Convento de San Francisco de Asís.
#3- The National Museum of Fine Arts exhibits one of the largest collections of paintings and sculptures from Latin America and the Caribbean.
#4- The emblematic Hotel Nacional, still up and running, is considered a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity. The place was famous in the 1950s as a gambling and entertainment complex. According to their website, The Hotel Nacional has attracted a large number of famous personalities from the arts, sciences, and politics, such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Johnny Weismuller, Maria Félix, Jorge Negrete, and scientist Alexander Fleming.
#5- Havana’s architecture is one of the most popular aspects of the city. Our guests will be able to enjoy the architectural beauty of Havana.
#6- Havana is the center of the Cuban government. It is also the headquarters of businesses and over 90 diplomatic offices.
#7- In Havana, you will visit Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba where he lived for over 30 years. In this house, the Nobel Prize-winning author wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea
As an extra, our President and CEO, Hans Lagerweij, wants to highlight that Havana also has surprising nature! Here’s him at the Havana Forest.
Want to know more? Join us in March on one of our voyages to Cuba. For more information visit www.victorycruiselines.com or give us a call at 1-888 -907-2636.