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Friday 22 May 2020

Casa de los Árabes (Habana Vieja) Havana

             This building was owned by a wealthy Arab immigrant during the 1940's. It's now a museum that displays Arab-Muslim culture. It has spaces showing Arab ways of life, weapons of the past, ceramics, clothing, furniture, textiles, a market and a prayer room. The Prayer room is open Fridays but not to Cuban Muslims, only for tourists and diplomats. Cuban Muslims have always prayed in their homes since there's no Mosque in Havana.
             The building the museum is housed in is actually two early 18th-century buildings and dedicated to Islamic cultures on November 16, 1983. Arabs donated US$ 40,000 for the remodeling of the house. The space includes a library and also offers special exhibitions, concerts, conferences, dance shows, poetic encounters, book presentations, tasting of typical dishes and postgraduate courses.
              It's free and doesn't take very long to visit. Is it worth the visit if this is not your culture? I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this space but if you're walking by, it only takes a few minutes of your time.

Admission: Free
Tuesday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:30
Oficios #16, e/ Obispo y Obrapía,
Habana Vieja

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