National Geographic : 1989 Aug
Once the site of religiousfestivals, the square, here enlarged by a panoramiccamera, sways to the beat of Silvio Rodriguez and the AfroCuba jazz orchestra.Closed to traffic, a single stretch of Obispo Street spans 400 years of architecture(below). The colonialbuilding in the middle-oldest house in Havana-withits low tiled roof and wooden balconies, recallsMoorish influence from southernSpain. Turrets on the adjacent tower also point to the Moors. To the left, stained glass graces neoclassical window designs, a signatureof the Cubanstyle thatflowered in the 19th century.