There’s a building at 117 Obispo in Old Havana that most people walk past without noticing. They’re busy looking at the old women with huge cigars. Or they’re on their way to the market at Plaza das Armas. But what they’re missing is the oldest building in Havana.
Now a shop and gallery for antique books, the structure dates from the mid-1500s. I only knew to stop and look thanks to Havana: Autobiography of a City by Alfredo José Estrada. It is a history of the city that reads more like a love letter and is full of insights like the location of this jewel in Havana’s architecture.
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