Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|v||To be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change.||All|
|Habana on auto en ru||0.9km||site_izi|
|Old Habana en ru||0.9km||site_izi|
|Statue of Cecilia Valdes||2020||1.1km||site_ao|
|Grand Lodge of Cuba||2019||2km||site_ao|
|World’s Longest Cuban Cigar||2019||2km||site_ao|
|Fidel Castro’s Communist Ice Cream Mothership||2018||3.8km||site_ao|
|Havana’s Unexplained Sculpture of a Nude Woman Riding a Rooster||2017||0.3km||site_ao|
|Callejon de Hamel||2017||2.7km||site_ao|
|“Not a Bed of Roses” – Burt Glinn’s Photos of the Cuban Revolution (1959)||2019||3.4km||post|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.