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Camera Obscura

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Address: Corner of Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 7 8664461
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A good virtual tour before a real tour

Worth going to the Camera Obscura at the start of your visit to Havana - gives a really good overview of the city, what to see, the layout - and if you have never seen a Camera... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth going to the Camera Obscura at the start of your visit to Havana - gives a really good overview of the city, what to see, the layout - and if you have never seen a Camera Obsucra before, this one is a good one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a really cool experience to get to view the city from a very different perspective. Highly recomended!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Camera Obsura is situated in the Old Square on the top floor of the Gomez Vila building. Using a rotating turret that gives a 360-degree view of the city. The demonstration ia operated by a charming gentleman who gives the explanations in Spanish and excellent English. You can see moving cars, people and buildings. You realize that it is a... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

for the cost (2 cuc at the time of visit), this place is a must. i expected to just go for the view, but i enjoyed the actual camera obscura presentation way more than i thought i would. the guide was knowledgable, entertaining and funny (in both spanish and english). this is the only camera obscura in the latin america.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hours for camera obscura are random and unpredictable. Going up is very worth it even just for the view. The actual Obscura experience is about 10 minutes long with a lecture and demonstration. The view from the rooftop is amazing and you don't have a time limit of staying up there. The elevator is often not working so be... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Camera Obscura in Havana is situated on the top floor of the Gomez Vila building (completed in 1933) on one of the corners of Plaza Vieja in Old Havana. It was donated by the Provincial Council of Cadiz and manufactured by the British company Sinden Optical Co. Ltd. They use a rotating turret which gives a 360-degree view of... More 

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Thank Cubanoboy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you enter camera obscura simple small room with a white dish in the midle then lights go off and you start to see the whole Havana in the dish.it is like magic.Also after the show you can see the old havana from the small terrace.Also it is good to teach the young members of family the principle of camera.

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Thank gultekin a
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This periscope mirror is pretty cool. The tour guide can explain the buildings around the courtyard simply by moving the mirror and lens. It was cooler than I expected it to be.

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Thank ChiGlobetrotter4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Enjoy this 360 degree panoramic view of Havanna in real time. Camera Obscura was an invention of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Thank Sabine B
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

It was fun to see the city from above in real time. Our "guide" was fun and informative. The view from the roof next to the Camera Obscura room alone made it worth the trip.

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