Havana

Havana

Havana is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 728.26 km2 making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the third largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region.

The city of Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the continent becoming a stopping point for the treasure-laden Spanish galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592.

Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado and the newer districts. The city is the center of the Cuban government, and home to various ministries, headquarters of businesses and over 90 diplomatic offices.
The city of Havana (the old Villa de San Cristobal during hes foundation on November 16th 1519) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. The city is also noted for its history, culture, architecture and monuments.