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Address: La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 5 4985750
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square),...

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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Great place for people watching from one of the many bars. On the weekends the stilt dancers and band perform from here too. Kids come here in the morning with their schools to... read more

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place for people watching from one of the many bars. On the weekends the stilt dancers and band perform from here too. Kids come here in the morning with their schools to do PE so it is a place for everyone and is always full of life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Surrounded by historical buildings it's a great place to relax and grab a coffee or drink and just people watch.. It's also where the famous status of the naked lady riding a rooster

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 4 days in old Havana and stayed in an apartment right on the square. It was very relaxing and pleasant. Unfortunately it was during the 9 day mourning period for Fidel Castro so no music. It is very easy to walk around this area and there are lots of restaurants, museums, shops, etc., in the vicinity. The people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely Plaza surrounded by fabulous buildings, bars and restaurants. It's also always busy with families and kids messing around. Of the four or five main Old Town Plazas, this was my favourite

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the mains squares to visit around Havana. Beautiful church and coastal surroundings. Short drive to El Morro

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We like hanging out in this square. It's worth finding accommodations in this area so that you can easily pass this way at different times of the day. It's also worth getting up early one morning to see it in different light, almost empty, as it comes to life for the day. The square is filled with restaurants and live... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely to look around the old square with historic buildings from four centuries. It has some interesting arcades.

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Strathmore, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoy the square as it has alot of history associated with it. The trinkets are awesome especially if you know that they made them with their own hands. It is nice just to look around.

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Thank Marcia G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful square with pigeons surrounded by many restaurants with cuban music, some stores, museums, atractions like "camera oscura", nice place to visit, very classical in the heart of the Havana.

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Ankara, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Old square is very crowded and touristic spot in Havana. There are few cafes in here so you can sit any cafe and feel the culture...

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