Cuban Landmarks in Photos, Then and Now

Famous landmarks in Cuba have changed remarkably little in decades.

BySUSANNA KIM
December 24, 2014, 12:51 PM
PHOTO: A view of El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 6, in 1972.
A view of El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 6, in 1972.
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— -- Thawing relations between Cuba and the United States may be opening up an island nation that has been closed off to American trade and culture for decades.

President Obama announced last week that he is loosening the embargo against against Cuba through executive action, including permitting U.S. exports to Cuba.

As Cuba's iconic classic cars have been frozen in time, the country's landmarks are also shown below from old snapshots in Havana compared to today.

1. Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis

Then:

PHOTO: Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, circa 2000, in Havana, Cuba.
Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, circa 2000, in Havana, Cuba.
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Now:

PHOTO: Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
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2. Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Then:

PHOTO: View of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba from January 1950, in Havana, Cuba.
View of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba from January 1950, in Havana, Cuba.
Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Now:

PHOTO: Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, Dec. 18, 2014.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, Dec. 18, 2014.
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3. Morro Castle

Then:

PHOTO: A view of the Morro Castle, the fort defending the entrance to Havana Harbor, Feb. 3, 1946. The entrance to the harbor is in the background and at left is the famous Prado Avenue.
A view of Morro Castle, the fort defending the entrance to Havana Harbor, Feb. 3, 1946. The entrance to the harbor is in the background and at left is the famous Prado Avenue.
Charles Kenneth Lucas/AP

Now:

PHOTO: A view of Morro Castle, the entrance to the harbor, and Prado Avenue, Dec. 18, 2014.
A view of Morro Castle, the entrance to the harbor, and Prado Avenue, Dec. 18, 2014.
Serena Marshall/ABC News

4. Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception

Then:

PHOTO: A view of the Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception from January 1950, in Havana, Cuba.
A view of the Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception from January 1950, in Havana, Cuba.
Lionel Green/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Now:

PHOTO: A view of the Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 18, 2014.
A view of the Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 18, 2014.
Serena Marshall/ABC News

5. National Capitol Building in Havana

Then:

PHOTO: A view of El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 6, in 1972.
A view of El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 6, in 1972.
ddrbildarchiv.de/picture-allianc/dpa/AP Photo

Now:

PHOTO: El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
Serena Marshall/ABC News

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