One of the wondrous and inspiring things about Cuba is its incredibly diverse architecture. Few buildings are fortunate enough to be maintained or restored, but even in their dilapidated and decaying state, the beauty of the original structure shines through. Colonial Spanish and French, Moorish, Gothic, Romanesque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-century Modernism are all represented in major Cuban cityscapes.
You don’t have to see entire buildings to understand the variety of architectural styles and periods exhibited in places such as Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. The eclectic array of Cuban architecture can be understood by its fascinating exquisite doors. The picture-perfect portals range between intricately carved wooden entryways and fortress-like arches, to the art deco stylings of the original Bacardi Rum building in Havana. There are also a selection of saloon doors from the colonials of UNESCO World Heritage Listed Trinidad and Cienfuegos. The following are but a small sample of the delightful doors and diversity of Cuban architecture.
For more inspiring Cuban architecture, design and colour see the posts Colours of Cuba, Art on the Street – Cuba and Cuba’s Classic Cars.
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