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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Plaza de Cristo (Habana Vieja) Havana

                During the mid 1600's the plaza de Cristo is inaugurated taking it's name from the church 'Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje' that's within the square. The square was originally named 'Plaza Nueva' and after it's new title, homes around the square are bought by wealthy and or distinguished residents of Havana. Later, and for a short period, the square is known as 'Plaza de las Lavanderas' (Washerwomen Square). Scenes from the 1959 movie 'Our Man in Havana' were shot at this Square.
                Many of the buildings had fallen into disrepair over the last few decades but thanks to the help from the City Historian’s Office, restoration of several of the buildings in the plaza have been going on for the last few years. It's hard to say when everything will be completed but I'm sure if it's anything like the work that's been done on the rest of the city, it's going to look great when finished...even if it takes several more years. In the meantime, the church is in good shape and giving mass and there are several bars, restaurants and businesses operating in and around the square. It's also a designated government wifi spot so you'll find many Cubans sitting around connecting to the internet. A safe place to be during the day and probably at night as well....just don't be an idiot.

Plaza de Cristo
Between Lamparilla & Teniente Rey
And Bernaza & Villegas
Habana Vieja, Havana

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