Robaina's

Robaina's
Robaina's plantation

Friday, 20 September 2019

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Monserrate (Centro Habana) Havana

              The church of Our Lady of Montserrat located on Avenida de Italia (or Galiano) and Concordia is not the original structure or location. The first one (between Obispo and O'Reilly), built in 1675, was destroyed in 1836 and rebuilt in this location in 1844. There wasn't much that I could find written on the internet regarding this church when I posted several years ago and nothing has changed in that regard. The pictures below are more current.



Galiano y Concordia,
Centro Habana,
+53 7 63 1889

























Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Lost Art of Embedded Sidewalk Signage (Havana)

                     If you've gotten this far (actually reading the post) some of you might be wondering what I'm talking about. Let me start by saying that a few years ago an artist entered the Havana Bienal with a series of pictures similar to the ones I've posted....and I wondered the same thing. I now understand, it is an Art Form, one hardly used today but still evident along Havana streets. There was a time when shops or department stores embedded their names into the sidewalks in front their buildings and it's still there for you see when you walk along the streets of Havana. The actual building may not be there or at least the original store but the sidewalk has survived decades of people marching over them and the signs may be the only thing remaining. Some are simple scrip with only the name of the place being displayed while others are a quasi work of art. All of these signs were found within the downtown core, Habana Vieja & Centro Habana, mostly along Galiano, Obispo and Monte. Maybe the next time you take a trip to Havana you might look down as well as up.










Obispo Street



The Hotel Sevilla opened on March 22, 1908 and is still operating today


The Komfort Mattress store on Galiano...no longer the same store




Hotel Bristol at the corner of San Rafael and Amistad. Once a luxurious hotel, it's decline came after the openings of Hotels Riviera, Capri and The Habana Libre in the mid 50's. Today it's used as public housing. 
























Woolworths at the corner of Galiano and San Rafael. Cubans referred to it as the Ten Cent store is now operating under another name and nowhere near resembling anything of it's past




Fin de Siglo department store at the corner of Galiano and San Rafael. It was one of the most important commercial establishments in Cuba before 1959. It operates under the same name but only a shadow of  what it once was



Laboratorios Vieta - Plasencia SA (Calle Reina #310) was the fourth largest laboratory in Cuba before 1959