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Sunday 11 September 2016

Casa de Simon Bolivar (Habana Vieja) Havana

                     This museum dedicated to Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), a Venezuelan known as the “Great Liberator”, is within a colonial mansion that was built in the early 1800's. I'm guessing they chose this house for the reason that Bolivar stayed here when he visited Havana in 1799. It's been funded by the Venezuelan government and besides showing a variety of artifacts pertaining to the great Simon Bolivar, including a replica of the sword given to him by Peru in 1825, it also showcases Venezuelan art and now includes an exhibition of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. There are several galleries in the building and after doing some reading I've discovered there's an upstairs, I guess I'm going to have to go back. Cuban artists are also on display at any given time in one of the three galleries. The house is facing a small Square named 'Plaza de Bolivar' where a life-size bronze statue of Simon Bolivar is standing with sword in hand. It's a nice spot to take a seat in the shade and ponder your next move....but not too quickly. The museum was inaugurated on July 24, 1993 on the anniversary of the birth of Simon Bolivar.
                    It's a nice way to spend 15 minutes or so and there's no admission. If you haven't already walked by this place, you should, there's a lot to see around this spot.

Casa de Simon Bolivar
Calle Mercaderes 160 or 156
e/ Obrapía y Lamparilla
Habana Vieja, Havana
Free Admission
Tues.–Sat. 9:30–5:00
Sun. 9:30–1:00

'El Mejor Amigo' by Jose Fuster, Andy Garcia & Agustin Garcia

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