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.
However, 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 simply flipping through its fascinating collection of doors. The picture-perfect portals that follow 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. These are just a small sampling of the delightful doors and broader architecture on show throughout Cuba.
If you’re planning a trip to Cuba to find some door magic for yourself, or maybe just a good cigar, I recommend Locally Sourced Cuba Tours (no, they aren’t paying me). James and I had a wonderful experience with this company over our 10-days in Cuba and I like to share gems when I find them.
Peace, love and inspiring travel,