Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cuba

Cuba is rich in history-laden spots—and a relaxed travel ban will make it easier for Americans to visit

Parque Central in Old Havana, Cuba (Peter Adams/Corbis)

Casa Velázquez (Museo de Ambiente Historico Cubano), Santiago de Cuba

Built in the early 16th century to serve as the official residence of the island's first governor, the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez, this is the oldest house still standing in Cuba—and one of the oldest in the Americas. The magnificently preserved building now houses the Museo de Ambiente Historico Cubano, a museum of decorations and furnishings from the 16th to the 19th century, as well as former gold foundry on the first floor.


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