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Spanish colonial architecture abounds in Cuban cities like Havana, Trinidad, and Camaguey. The open courtyards and arcades were designed to allow in the maximum amount of sunlight, while providing covered areas sheltered from the rain. In the early 20th century, official buildings were often constructed following solid neoclassical models intended to impress and even overwhelm.

Cuba's modern architecture is more functional, as exemplified by the prefabricated apartment blocks, hospitals, and schools built after the 1959 revolution. The Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana's southwestern suburbs was built immediately after the revolution on the site of the former Havana Country Club. When wealthy Cubans once came to sip cocktails or play golf, a thousand students currently study music, theater, dance, and art.

All the photos on Cuba-Pictures.com are by David Stanley, original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.
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Passageway at the Instituto Superior de Arte
built in 1961, Playa, Havana.
Cuba welcomes visitors. This Caribbean country offers a unique and very different travel experience.

In the 1930s Hemingway stayed at Havana's Hotel Ambos Mundos.

Courtyard of the Casa de los Condes de Jaruco, Plaza Vieja, Havana.

Casa Cantero, now occupied by the Municipal Museum, Trinidad.

El Capitolio, former seat of the Cuban Congress, erected in 1929.

External walkway at the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Havana.

Hospital de San Juan de Dios in Camaguey dates back to 1728.

Colegio San Lorenzo and Teatro Tomas Terry on Parque Marti, Cienfuegos.

The neoclassical Poder Popular building in Santiago de Cuba.