Cuba - Havana's Grand Buildings

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(click to enlarge) El Capitolio. According to Wikipedia, "El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, was the seat of government in Cuba until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Its design and name recall the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., but it is only superficially similar. Completed in 1929, it was the tallest building in Havana until the 1950s and houses the world's third largest indoor statue."

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(click to enlarge) Gran Teatro de La Habana. "[I]t is the permanent headquarters of the Cuban National Ballet and the main stage for the International Ballet Festival of Havana. It has rooms of theatres, concert, conferences and video, as well as, galleries of visual, a choral centre, several halls test for danzarias groupings and dancing arts."

"The [original] building [built in 1836] was demolished in 1914 to open the way to the one that currently exists, an exponent in the German neo-baroque architecture style in Havana. The theatre is adorned with a stone and marble statue. There are also sculptural pieces by Giuseppe Moretti, representing allegories depicting benevolence, education, music and theatre. The current building construction began in 1908, was opened in 1915 with an opera season offered by important lyrical figures of the time. It was not until 1985, and as initiative of the prima ballerina Alicia Alonso that the building was renamed and became the Great Theatre of Havana." (Wikipedia)

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