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“A Must see”

Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Ranked #2 of 232 things to do in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Medicine Hat, Canada
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198 reviews
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“A Must see”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

So much to see here, it was amazing to see all the beautiful buildings. Will never forget our day here.

Visited July 2014
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Barrie, Canada
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“People watching”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Easy to meet and speak to local vendors and artisans. Negotiate as you feel appropriate. Passersby will be more than happy to provide opinions on the state of affairs. Nice and cool during mid day heat.

Visited July 2014
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Very nice square”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

A nice square with character, lovely buildings and good cafeterias. There, you can find the stall (the guy who works there is really cool and nice) with the best coconut ice cream in Havana, served in a coconut!!

Visited July 2014
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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“magnificient”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

It is really great with the view, shops and restaurants. You will forget about time and everything you have on mind. Just relax and talk to the locals, walk around, eat and drink.

Visited July 2014
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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“Must be visited”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Beautiful buildings Need serious renovation. Cafe taverna at the corner very very good . Also the coffee shop at the other corner does a real,y nice coffee with rum and ice cream All you can need in Havana s hot weather

Visited July 2014
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