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Cuban Architecture: Doors That Delight
November 10, 2016
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Cuban Architecture: Doors of Delight

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.

Intricately carved wooden door in Havana
Colonial Spanish door and windows in Trinidad
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The original Bacardi Rum building
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cuba's diversely beautiful architecture expressed through images of doors | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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.

For more inspiring Cuban architecture, design and colour see the posts Colours of Cuba,  Art on the Street – Cuba and Cuba’s Classic Cars.

Peace, love and inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Cuban Architecture - Doors of Delight | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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