Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

Old Square (Plaza Vieja), Havana: Address, Old Square (Plaza Vieja) Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,500 contributions
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Old Square - The Plaza Vieja is a square located in Old Havana. It was designed in 1559 and is the most striking plaza in Havana from an architectural point of view. Here the Cuban baroque coexists with the Art Nouveau inspired by the Gaudinian style. 
Written 2 July 2022
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ElissaClaire
North Vancouver, Canada554 contributions
Enjoyed walking around the Old Square, and taking in all the history and character of the buildings. Several small food options and even a few street vendors selling coconuts, then once done the coconut water bring it back and he'd cut up the coconut to eat.
Written 23 May 2022
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boo59Leicester
Leicester, UK364 contributions
Fabulous experience seeing how th Cubans live. Glad we had a guide to explain everything. I wouldn't have learnt so much on my own.
Written 6 March 2022
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Bidule05
France1,274 contributions
We visited the 16th-century Plaza Vieja, which is surrounded by well renovated elegant colourful colonial residences. In the middle of the place, we saw the beautiful Carrara showpiece fountain.
We were lucky because during our visit, there was a fine exhibition of very fine painted cats in Plaza Vieja!!!
Written 17 April 2021
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joanne s
Barnsley, UK210 contributions
This is a beautiful old square in a lovely old part of Havana we visited while on a tour of Havana there are lots of lovely squares to go visit
Written 8 January 2021
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traveller_vb1
United Kingdom21 contributions
The Cubans really put an effort to restore the beautiful old buildings. You can feel the atmosphere of old times!
Written 5 January 2021
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MPWEST10
Mandurah, Australia624 contributions
This is a different plaza for old Havana. It's mainly surrounded by residential buildings, some with some restaurants in the ground floor or second floor with balconies. It has a beautiful fountain and a weird rooster statue with a naked woman on it... supposedly celebrating women. The restaurants are overpriced and offer tourist food, not good local food. Nice for a visit and maybe a drink not food
Written 13 June 2020
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GerryRailBaron
Toronto, Canada109 contributions
The history in Havana's buildings is legendary. At 500 years of age, there's something magnificent to see at every corner. The plaza here was a delight. Good lines of site to the various buildings, so we grabbed a seat at a table in one of the cantinas and ordered ourselves a drink. Just a great place to visit, pass some time, and people watch.
Written 12 May 2020
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dianedinky
253 contributions
I didn't go to any of the cafes or restaurants so cannot comment on the quality of the beer or food in this area...however...as a stand alone square I think it has unrivalled beauty. It absolutely took my breath away.
I've travelled to many, many cities all over the world and done my fair share of town squares & plazas, but this one, has gone straight to No1 in my list. Mesmerising.
Written 24 April 2020
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Chris R
London, UK22 contributions
Having visited Plaza Vieja during the Special Period when it looked like London at the height of the blitz (WWII), it is always a pleasure to see the continuing restoration and rejuvenation of this stunning square. Excellent.
Written 29 March 2020
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