Buildings of Cuba

Now let me get this out. I don’t profess to be architect, an engineer or any expert on buildings or construction. I am someone who just loves to see architecture with character & soul. I’m not into slap dash buildings for the sake of speedy construction. Here is my take on the architecture I found in Cuba.

I am though, a fussy pot who hates buildings where the gutters & downpipes are painted a different colour so they are a ‘feature’ & not plumbing. Sorry, if I have offended anyone’s house paint scheme.

I have been so surprised, as I mentioned in my first post Havana Times that there are so many 1950s style buildings to go with the 1940-50s cars. I’ll add a few photos below to show you some examples. I had known about the old peeling painted buildings & rubble but I hadn’t seen any photos in my research about these gorgeous 1950s buildings that are still standing. I love them.

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Building found on Havana’s Malecon

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Havana 1950s building suits the cars

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Havana’s famous ice creamery Copellia

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Cafe near El Morro in Santiago de Cuba

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Park in Santiago de Cuba

The Spanish of course, have been a big influence on Cuba. So far many of the plaza’s churches are cookie cut. Unfortunately, though there is not enough money today to do them all up. Yet.

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Museum Nacional de la Luncha Contra bandidos in Trinidad

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Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad

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Cathedral de San Cristobal de La Habana

I mentioned in my Cuban Storm post about the beauty of the Museum of Revolution. Some of the photos below would not be out of place in a French palace. We visited Versailles in Paris a few weeks back and I see lots of similarities.

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Museum of Revolution Havana

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Interior at the Museum of Revolution Havana

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Dome in the Museum of Revolution Havana that leaked

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Interior at the Museum of Revolution Havana

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Interior at the Museum of Revolution Havana

Now to the French who built many of Cienfuegos buildings. I thought one actually had a middle eastern influence too. So beautiful.

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Cienfuegos building

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Cienfuegos building

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Club Cienfuegos

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Placio de Valle Parque de Esculturas Cienfuegos

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Another angle of Placio de Valle Parque de Esculturas Cienfuegos

So much scaffolding around the place & it’s seems the touristy spots like Trinidad get more attention like more tourists. Makes sense I guess.

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Street looking up to the Capitolio Nacional

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Havana building

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Castillo de la Real Fuerza Havana

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Havana corner store

We were told this old building was to be a hotel in Trinidad funded by an Italian consortium but fell through, due to too much Cuban tape, we were told.

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Trinidad building in scaffolding that an Italian consortium was going to renovate into a hotel

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More of that Trinidad building in scaffolding that an Italian consortium was going to renovate into a hotel

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Trinidad scaffolding

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One Santiago de Cuba building not renovated

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It’s neighbour renovated in Santiago de Cuba

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Building waiting to be renovated in Santiago de Cuba

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Close up of previous building waiting to be renovated in Santiago de Cuba

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Renovated building in Santiago de Cuba

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Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion in Santiago de Cuba

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Dome being renovated at the Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion in Santiago de Cuba

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Renovation inside the Dome at the Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion in Santiago de Cuba

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Supporting the top floor on a building in Santiago de Cuba

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Supporting the top floors & tenanted in Santiago de Cuba

Like the Lada, Russia did have an influence on architecture but it’s a bit slap dash concrete boxes. No pictures of beauty to include in this post, sorry. Talking about concrete, it appeared to us that there was a lot of concrete cancer about. Unfortunately, the buildings are still being used. Not like Australia.

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2 responses to “Buildings of Cuba

  1. Some of the buildings remind me of buildings I saw in South America – Spanish influence again.

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