“Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves”. – Julia Morgan
The most well-known spot in Havana is the famous Malecón, a five-mile long esplanade, street and seawall which stretches along the coast in Havana connecting the mouth of the Havana Harbor in Habana Vieja, passing through Centro Habana and ending in the upscale Vedado neighborhood. Known by locals as the “big sofa” or the “living room” the Malecón is a testament of el Triunfo de la Revolución (the triumph of the revolution as Cubans say) and is awash with the sheer irony of the Cuban revolution.
Here the once opulent buildings are a testament of Cuba’s weathered past. Each building is in a various state of disrepair and it almost feels as if Cuba’s history can be told within each layer of faded, peeling paint. Take a ride with me along the Malecón.
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered.
Oh how I would love to visit there!!! I was afraid it would be overrun with American tourists before I got back but happily (and really, very sadly given our crazy politics) it looks like it will remain frozen in time a bit longer)
Yes I loved visiting Cuba! I think it will be quite some time until things change although I know the people in Cuba would like progress much sooner!
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So much beauty…left to die their own death!
So true Arv
What a sad comment on Cuba’s transition from it’s heyday Nicole. The photos really tell a story.
Thanks Tina! Yes, I can only imagine what it must have looked like in the 50s. Perhaps one of the most beautiful places ever!
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Such a shame Google Earth cannot do justice to the scene Such a massive roadway and a big outdoors ALmost makes wish I was there with my camera.
Yes so true. Thanks for stopping by!