Old Havana and its Fortifications

My trip to Cuba started and ended in Havana, which is huge, grubby and fascinating. The part listed by UNESCO is the area once surrounded by eighteenth century walls. The fortifications mentioned in the little are a group of forts around the entrance to the port.

Havana - fortifications

Havana - fortifications

The city was founded by the Spanish in 1519 and became a major centre for shipbuilding in the Caribbean and was a gathering point for Spanish treasure bearing fleets setting off back home across the Atlantic.

Havana

Havana

The old city has many attractive Baroque and Neo-classical buildings and traditional courtyard houses with balconies and grand arcaded buildings fronting onto plazas.

Havana

Havana

On a number of the squares these have been refurbished but a wander down the back streets brings you to a great deal of dereliction.

Havana

Havana

One thing that constantly interested me was the way in which the residents have adapted the historic buildings, putting in extra floors, filling in arcades and so forth. If these are ever renovated that will all go which I think would be a something of a shame.

Havana

Havana

For the Lego model, I thought it was time for another Baroque church, so went with Havana’s cathedral.

Havana - cathedral

Havana - cathedral

In Lego:

Lego Havana - cathedral

Lego Havana - cathedral

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