04/16/2015 11:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Top 10 Sights to See in Cuba

By Mitchell Owens for Architectural Digest.


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As travel restrictions lift and embargoes soften, AD's Mitchell Owens heads to Havana, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and society is embracing a new era. Take a look at the city's unchanged architecture, like Havana's domed capitol (above), which dominates the historic heart of the city.


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Standards of the Havana streetscape--arcaded pastel buildings and brightly colored pre-1960 American automobiles.


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At the grand entrance to La Guarida restaurant in Old Havana, a hand-painted revolutionary speech joins a headless statue. See


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Cristóbal Colón Cemetery. Calle Zapata and Calle 12; +53-7-832-1050.

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The Hemingway Museum at Finca Vigía, the Havana-area farm where the novelist lived from 1939 to 1960. Finca Vigía, San Francisco de Paula; +53-7-891-0809.


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African villages inspired one section of the National Art Schools (now the University of Arts of Cuba), a 1960s masterpiece by architects Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi, and Vittorio Garatti. See

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Hotel Saratoga's Bar Mezzanine. From $246/night; see


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Enrique Ávila Gonzales's sculpture of Socialist hero Camilo Cienfuegos dominates a building on Revolution Plaza; it bears the famous Cienfuegos comment YOU'RE DOING FINE, FIDEL.


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A dancer at Tropicana, an out-door cabaret that has been in business since 1939. See


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The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, completed in 1930, is a work by the American architecture firm McKim, Mead & White. From $175/night; see

Click here to read Mitchell's entire guide to Cuba on AD.

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