Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Havana, Cuba

I'm keeping today's post a little smaller than usual, so I'll finish with this very nice card I got from a swap earlier this year. I'm quite excited about this card, too, as it's my first written and stamped postcard received from Cuba. :)

On this card you can see a view from the Old Havana. Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards. Old Havana is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Havana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city is one of the 15 Cuban provinces and the largest city in the country. Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and the newer suburban districts. Present day, the city is the center of the Cuban government, and various ministries and headquarters of businesses are based there.

Very nice stamps, I couldn't find any info on them, though.

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