5 things to see in Old Havana

As the name suggests, Old Havana or Habana Vieja is the oldest part of the city, founded by the Spanish in 1519 around the Bay of Havana. As an important link in the flow of treasure from the New World to the Old, the city was very rich and the streets and plazas were lined with grand Neoclassical and Baroque buildings. Many of those buildings still stand today, some beautifully restored, some crumbling. Spend at least a few hours here just wandering the narrow streets and people-watching in the many squares. Continue reading

10 things to See and Do in Havana

Plaza de Armas
This is where Havana was founded, originally the governmental and ceremonial center of the city, where military exercises and parades were held. Today, you’ll see lots of book sellers, a shady park and the Hotel Ambros Mundos, where Hemingway lived for a while. The stately 18th-century Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, which now houses the Havana Museum, forms one side of the square and Castillo de la Real Fuerza fortress is nearby.

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

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Foto Good Friday

In the Christian world, today is Good Friday, marking the day Jesus was crucified. In Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), also known as the Way of the Cross, is traditionally held to be the route Jesus walked from his judgement to his death and entombment. The Via Dolorosa winds through the Old City from the Church of the Flagellation to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Fourteen stations mark particular moments along the way, based on biblical and other traditions. The images below include some of the stations and other sites on the Via Dolorosa.

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Church of the Flagellation, center altar window showing Jesus being scourged and crowned with thorns

Church of the Flagellation, center altar window showing Jesus being scourged and crowned with thorns

Church of the Flagellation, the window on the right side of the altar, showing the convict Barabbas being released instead of Jesus, according to the demands of the crowd

Church of the Flagellation, the window on the right side of the altar, showing the convict Barabbas being released instead of Jesus, according to the demands of the crowd

Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem, the left altar window showing Pilate washing his hands of responsibilty for the death of Jesus

Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem, the left altar window showing Pilate washing his hands of responsibility for the death of Jesus

The arch outside the Ecce Hommo Church (Behold the Man!), where Pilate presented the bound and bloodied Jesus to the crowd

The arch outside the Ecce Hommo Church (Behold the Man!), where Pilate presented the bound and bloodied Jesus to the crowd

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

According to tradition, Jesus stumbled three times as he carried the cross. The Third Station of the Cross marks the first fall.

According to tradition, Jesus stumbled three times as he carried the cross. The Third Station of the Cross marks the first fall.

The Fourth Station of the Cross marks where Jesus encountered his mother Mary.

The Fourth Station of the Cross marks where Jesus encountered his mother Mary.

shop on the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

shop on the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

vegetable vendor on the Via Dolorosa

vegetable vendor on the Via Dolorosa

the Sixth Station of the Cross, where tradition holds a woman named Veronica wiped the face of Jesus as he passed

the Sixth Station of the Cross, where tradition holds a woman named Veronica wiped the face of Jesus as he passed

daily life on the Via Dolorosa

daily life on the Via Dolorosa

the Via Dolorosa ends at the Holy Sepulchre Church, where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, according to some traditions

the Via Dolorosa ends at the Holy Sepulchre Church, where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, according to some traditions

inside the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

inside the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

the tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

the tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

Thanks to Sallie Volotzky for many of these images.