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Beautiful Interior

This was my first time to visit El Capitolio. I really enjoyed the 50-minute English tour. The long... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BKC2003
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USA
EI Capitolio

It is huge and nice place, lots of traveller is running around. The birds like made the nest at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Grace C
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Catch the real Havana watching the cars and people near El Capitolio! A truly picturesque part of the city!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Simply astonishing and at the Centre of it all. Within walking distance of everywhere in Old Havana El Capitolio is very distinctive whether in the day or night.

Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Beautiful building and would have given a 5 except for the repairs underway. Sure looks like the Washington, DC one

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

You can go inside between 9-4pm. It's a stunning building but modern. Worth a short visit but nothing more.

Thank Jan O
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

When I last visited the Capitol (Capitolio) around 15 years ago, it was like stepping back into a dusty forgotten time capsule. Completed in 1929 and designed by Cuban architects Govantes and Cabarrocas with more than a passing nod to its namesake in Washington DC, it was only used for 30 years until the 1959 Revolution made it redundant, a symbol of the previous regime.

Time has moved on and we can see now it rising from its slumber like Sleeping Beauty with the restoration of the exterior nearly complete, its grand staircase rising to the huge bronze entrance doors with reliefs telling the history of Cuba, with the last dictator's name and face erased after the Revolution.

Inside, work is complete to the stunning entrance hall with its 300m high dome and tall gilded Statue of the Republic leading to the Hall of Lost Steps (Salon de los Pasos Perditos - named after its acoustics) and onto other rooms.

Part of the interior remains in scaffolding as the restoration continues, and the guided tours include exhibitions on the restoration of the sculptures and bas-reliefs and a selection of the Presidential china and cutlery from companies such as Minton in England and Tiffany in the USA. It ends with a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the crypt, surrounded by flags of all the nations whose warriors helped Cuba achieve independence from Spain at the end of the 19th century.

It would be good to return when the whole project is complete, but I imagine tours may become more difficult as the building comes into use.

At the current time, tickets are provided for limited guided tours in either English or Spanish, but you need to queue either at 10am for tickets in the morning/lunchtime or at 1pm for tickets later in the afternoon.

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