El Capitolio, Havana

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Admire the majestic El Capitolio, once home to Cuba's government. Now housing the Cuban Academy of Sciences, this building from 1929 was modeled after the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Observe the grandiose structure, a project initiated by dictator Gerardo Machado, view the massive Doric columns that guard the entrance, and look up to see the impressive dome, inspired by the Paris Pantheon. The interior, even more intricate and rich in decorations, boasts the enormous Statue of the Republic, one of the world's largest indoor statues. For El Capitolio and beyond, use our Havana online trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Havana vacation.
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  • This building can not avoid look reminiscent of the United States Capitol and also bears the same name. Crazy nice with the old cars at the front and almost completed renovated. It can not fail to see in Cuba. Sin that you cannot get in to see the beautiful statue in the building. Well, beautiful and impressive. Definitely a necessity to go all the way around the El Capitolio
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  • Very similar to the U.S. Capital, and still under construction. Carefully guarded and our access was limited.  more »
  • A copy of the U.S. Capitol. Looks very nice. Great place for photo shoots. In January 2018 tower was still in the forests on the restoration.
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  • Magnificent building
  • The Capitol is exactly a copy from the orgnial in Washington but only a little bit smaller
  • would be great if it was not always int renovation
  • Look like in Washington DC.
  • Wordeful place in Cuba
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