Cuba: Esplendor de Arquitectura
I didn’t know that, in Havana, there exists the best collection of colonial- and French neo-classical buildings in the world. I didn’t know that, because of the abundant architecture medley, Havana is a photographer’s dream. I didn’t know that I would have such an all-consuming fascination for architecture or that I would develop a fondness for any city. But I did.
(Just to give you an idea of how large this door was, I’m 5’2″ and couldn’t reach the door knocker.)
The Spanish brought the use of balconies and Baroque ornamentation to Cuba, and the Cubans continued with the use of balconies and wrought-iron ornamentation in later architecture.
With all the details to the buildings, I imagine that much care went into the construction. I marveled at every turn of the corner, at every design or tiniest of composition.
Many buildings have scaffolding erected around them or on some part. We were told, by the government tour guide, that “since the revolution,” the country can not get the supplies needed to restore many of the buildings. Even so, one could see that, in its heyday, Havana was beautiful in all her splendor.
Like Italy, the dual use of a balcony for safety and laundry made me smile because some Cubans have devised clever ways to hang much of their laundry either on, above, or below their balconies. I suppose I’ll have to be more creative than to lay wet clothing all over the deck chairs.
I would so much love to return to Cuba not as a tourist but as a photographer. But with the thousands of other countries I’ve yet to see, I’ll have to place that trip for another lifetime. Chao, aseres!
Daily Gratitude: a full and productive day; my newly rearranged dining room; resisted the urge to visit the Custard Hut
Quote of the Day for YOU: I call architecture frozen music.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.
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