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El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba

 
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Sophia's pictureby Sophia General travel tip
added on the 15th of September, 2010
One of the grandest buildings in Havana, the Capitolio looks like a twin-building of the Capitol in Washington, DC, though it is a bit taller and longer than the latter. It's architecture is beautiful and stunning and being such a grand building, you can see it almost from everywhere in the city.

An interesting thing about the building is that inside the main hall, embedded in the floor is a replica of a 24/25-karat diamond. What makes this stone such a valuable piece is that every road that drives out of Havana is measured in distance from this diamond. Pretty amazing! :)

From the entryway you get to the Salon de los Pasos Perdidos ( which means Room of the Lost Steps) which got its name from the room's unusual acoustics. In the middle of the 'salon' stands a 17m tall bronze statue of a Roman Goddess, covered with golden leaves, representing the Statue of the Republic. You shouldn't miss visiting this amazing building!

Address:
Prado, Havana, Cuba

Price:
Admission fee is around $3

Opening Hours:
Between 09:00am and 08:00pm

 
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