Once Upon a Time at the Capitolio

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El Capitolio Nacional – Havana’s National Capital building is one of the most photographed buildings in the city and rightly so.  It is one of the greatest symbolic examples of historical architecture in Old Havana.  Once upon a time, the Capitolio was open to the public, but that was back in the old days until 2010.  Since that year, the Office of the City Historian, Cuban craftsmen, Italian and Spanish investors have been working to restore the building to its former glory. Once upon a time, there was an elegant café on the Capitolio terrace. It was open to the public.  It was shaded by the massive Roman columns in the front.  The café was decorated with the green fronds of potted palms.  Tables were…




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