The first stop on our first full day in Havana was the historical Plaza de Armas.
The Plaza de Armas has three concentric layers — a tree-filled square is surrounded by book stalls which are surrounded by colonial buildings.
On another side of the square is the 18th-century building that once housed the Spanish lieutenant governor.
Off one corner is the oldest building on the square, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a 16th-century fortress built to protect Havana from pirates. It turned out to be too far into the bay to be of much use and so was more often used as a residence for colonial authorities.
Here are my previous posts about Cuba, most shared as Saturday Snapshot posts at West Metro Mommy Reads:
- Photos of Entering Cuba
- Book review of Cuban Revelations by Marc Frank
- Photos of the Palacio de Valle
- Book review of Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
- Photos of downtown Cienfuegos
- Food in Cuba
- Colorful Trinidad, Cuba
- Book review of Havana Nocturne by T.J. English with photos of 50s Cuba
- Interiors of a 1929 house in Havana
- Colors of Cuba exhibit
- Views of Havana from Hotel Capri