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“Great beer”

Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Ranked #7 of 238 things to do in Havana
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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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Had a pleasant time walking around this square, and in the right hand corner of the square we sat outside and drank some lovely beer. It's also available on tap at the tables!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank blessed116
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The square was surrounded by typically Cuban buildings, in their gorgeous pastel colours. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Chelsea B
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

A nice walk around the city todo and see the history. You do not need long here at all, good scenery

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Aman0018
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The Plaza Vieja ... while not the oldest plaza in the city is full of life and color. A great place to people watch and enjoy the city.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank sapelleti
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Much of the life in Havana is social and revolves around the gathering of the people. What better place than the old square. Restaurants and architecture provide a picturesque location where dancing can be seen and experienced.

Date of experience: January 2018
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