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“Mani!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Plaza de la Catedral

Plaza de la Catedral
Ranked #3 of 227 things to do in Havana
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Austin, Texas
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“Mani!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

Colonial cathedrals are all very fine and I have seen some outstanding ones. More impressive than the cathedral was the streetlife with the maniceras, at least one in bright traditional costume, calling out their wares, "Mani!"

Visited May 2012
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“Another beautiful square”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

Don't miss the visit of the remarkable cathedral. Beautiful volumes, lights, a pure wonder.

Visited May 2012
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

Despite it being well guarded by local police station, it was a sadly beautiful building in that it fitted in with local buildings but did look well used

Visited May 2012
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Havana, Cuba
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“Not the oldest Square but the heart of Old Havana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

This was the Plaza de la Cienaga and a bit of a swamp until the l 1600's when sale of land was negociated by the Church (Jesuits at the time which were later expelled for some 200 years) but even before the completion of the Cathedral in the mid 1700's many Aristocrats had constructed their homes on this site, in those times the closer you lived to an important church the more clout your family had, many of these houses survive to this day as museums and are very pleasant to visit, full of period furniture and the courtyards are so bautiful!! the palace of the Marquis of Aguas Claras has been a restaurant for a long long time, the Marquis actually never left Cuba as many did in the early 1960's and was the last aristocrat living in the country until his death in 1971, the place is fun, good food and has live entertainment at the sidewalk cafe. there is a very nice bar under the poch arches that maskes good mojitos and daquiries. The Cathedral is a wander of architecture, unique in it's tropical baroque style, for us Catholics it is allways a pleasure to visit and say a prayer but it does not matter what religion you are it is a must for everyone. Visit also the homes of the Counts of Lombillo and the Marquis of Arcos on this square.

Visited March 2012
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“Lively”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

Street dancers, musicians and a magnificant Cathedral.

Visited April 2012
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