4) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;
5) to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;
Old Havana and its Fortification System
Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.
Much of the fortification of the port is still in existence on the east side of the river. Only short fragments and the fort remain on the west side of the river.
Havana’s most expensive restored hotel Where the likes of Princess Diana & Madonna have stayed
The Capitol building under restoration. Home of the Cuban Parliament
Harbour entrance and lighthouse. The sea wall was started in the 1650’s and finished in the 1700s built to keep pirates out of Havana.
Cuba’s National Theatre
A remnant of the old sea wall on the west side of Havana
Nearly all the sea wall remains on the east side of Havana
Restored 19th century shopping arcade
Restored Colonial style Shopping Arcade with very tall rooms to help keep the shops cool.
Side street in Old Havana
Statue of Jose Marti who died in 1895 fighting for Cuban Independence from Spain.