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At a corner of the Plaza de Armas, in the Old Havana Historical Center, is located the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, a majestic building that constitutes a reference of the constructions during the colonial period.

With a peculiar baroque style, the Palacio del Segundo Cabo attracts attention for its elegance and to preserve, as faithfully as possible, the characteristics that identify it as an architectural jewel of the Old Havana town.

Its main facade has wide arches and inside the building there is a courtyard with abundant vegetation, typical of the large houses of the colony.

Palacio del Segundo Cabo has had different functions: it was the headquarters of the General Post Office, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the National Council of Culture and the Academies of History, Language and the Arts.

At present, it houses the Interpretation Centre for Cultural Exchanges between Cuba and Europe, and at the same time, it is an interactive museum where the public can exchange with the history of America and Cuba in a didactic way.

One of the most visited rooms is the gallery dedicated to Raúl Martínez, one of the most famous Cuban painters, photographers and designers, representative of Pop-Art in the country.

To visit Palacio del Segundo Cabo is to go back to the colonial era and delve into the living history of the Cuban Island. An invaluable opportunity.

For visitsCalle O’ Reilly 4, Plaza de Armas. Old Havana. Havana. Cuba (23.140446, -82.349884). Open Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm. Website: http://segundocabo.ohc.cu

by: Lys Alfonso Bergantiño