The first stop on our first full day in Havana was the historical Plaza de Armas.

Plaza de Armas

Tile orientation sign

The Plaza de Armas has three concentric layers — a tree-filled square is surrounded by book stalls which are surrounded by colonial buildings.

Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Museo de la Ciudad, Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba

The building on the back side of the Plaza de Armas, flying the Cuban flag, is the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales — the 18th century residence of the colonial governor.

Close-up of the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba

A different view of the same building as above, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales

Book stall, Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba

One of many book stalls surrounding the square in the Plaza de Armas

On another side of the square is the 18th-century building that once housed the Spanish lieutenant governor.

Palacio del Sugundo Cabo, Havana, Cuba

Palacio del Sugundo Cabo

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.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Plaza  de Armas, Havana, Cuba

Castillo de la Real Fuerza. On the day we visited, a worker hung from ropes to do tuck-pointing.

Here are my previous posts about Cuba, most shared as Saturday Snapshot posts at West Metro Mommy Reads:


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Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba #SaturdaySnapshot — 5 Comments

  1. Your trip to Cuba looks amazing Joy. I don’t know that I’ll ever get there, but like to think that I might. I read recently that there might be a ferry from Cuba to Florida starting up!

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