Manzana de Gómez

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Manzana de Gomez
Manzana Gomez, Centro Habana - April 2003.jpg
Manzana de Gomez
Location Cuba Havana, Cuba
Opening date 1910
No. of floors 5
Interior of Manzana de Gómez

Manzana de Gómez (Gómez Block), a 20th-century building in Havana, was the first shopping mall in Cuba. It is 5 stories tall. It was built by José Gómez-Mena Vila from 1894 to 1917.[1] The landmark structure was the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba.

The Manzana de Gómez, was the first entire city block built in Cuba in the beginning of the 20th century completely for commercial use with two inner diagonal streets that cross the building in all directions integrating the pedestrian circulation with the outer fabric. It is bounded by Neptuno, San Rafael, Zulueta and Monserrate streets.

A new hotel was built within the block by the Gaviota Group.[2] It is set to open in 2017 as the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.[3]

References[edit]

  • Cuba - Eyewitness Travel Guides (Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2004) ISBN 075660172X
  • Havana (Lonely Planet Publications,2001) ISBN 1864502290
  • The Odyssey Illustrated Guide To Cuba (Guidebook Company Ltd., 1995) ISBN 9622173705

Coordinates: 23°08′16.86″N 82°21′28.54″W / 23.1380167°N 82.3579278°W / 23.1380167; -82.3579278