Not sure what to visit in Cuba? We invite you to the Capitol of Havana
The National Capitol of Havana is a building built in 1929 in Havana (Cuba) under the direction of the architect Eugenio Raynieri Piedra, commissioned by then Cuban President Gerardo Machado. The building would be destined to house and be the headquarters of the two chambers of Congress or legislative body of the Republic of Cuba.
Inspired by the Pantheon in Paris, Saint Paul in London, and the United States Capitol, the building features a neoclassical columnar façade and a dome that reaches 91.73 m in height.
Located in the center of the country’s capital, between Prado, Dragones, Industria and San José streets, it is the kilometer-long origin of the Cuban road network, and after the triumph of the Revolution, when Congress was dissolved, it was transformed into the headquarters of the Ministry of Science.
We leave you five curious facts about this imposing tourist site and we invite you to visit it at the hands of the best travel agency in Miami Cuba Targets Travel Agency.
- It is visible for 50 miles. The dome of the Capitol, at the time of its completion, due to its grandeur and elevation, could not only be seen from the farthest reaches of the city, but also from a distance of more than 20 miles out to sea.
- In its large entrance doors, made of bronze, there are sixty bas-reliefs. Some of them show the most interesting facts in the history of Cuba, beginning with pre-Columbian times and ending with the inauguration of the Capitol.
- The Tomb of the Unknown Mambí. Under the main staircase, and on both sides of it, there are two arches, which lead to a covered passage where the entrances to the Tomb of the Unknown Mambí are located. This room contains a sarcophagus, surrounded by six bronze figures in the shape of a woman that represented, when built, each of the six provinces into which Cuba was divided.
- Gold decorations. Believe it or not, more than 20 kilograms of gold were used in the interior finishes of the National Capitol, used in different ways.
- It has a very unique sculpture. In one of its interior courtyards, on a large marble pedestal, there is a sculpture called The Rebel Angel and it is inspired by Lucifer. Created by the Italian sculptor Salvatore Buemi, this figure is one of the few in the world alluding to Mephistopheles.