The Havana Capitol is considered one of the most important and largest structures in the country. This distinguished site has already been declared a National Monument. The work was inaugurated on May 20, 1929, after more than three years of intense work, with a cost of about 17 million pesos.
Inspired by the classic Roman capitol, the site occupies a total area of 12,000 square meters, of which 10,839 are indoors, while the extension of the gardens covers 26 500 square meters. Visitors are greeted by a grand granite staircase, 36 meters wide, composed of 55 steps, which culminates at 16 meters, escorted by two sculptural bronze groups created by the Italian Angelo Zanelli.
An elegant and colorful dome 90 meters high is visible from different points of the city and, below it, inside the building, a diamond marks the zero kilometer of the central road.
Also under the dome and in the center of the Hall of Lost Steps stands the Statue of the Republic, with a height of 17 meters and a weight of 30 tons. It is the third largest indoor statue in the world, surpassed only by the Golden Buddha of Nava, in Japan, and that of Abraham Lincoln in his Washington mausoleum.
This majestic construction became the institutional seat of the Cuban Parliament in November 2016. Although it is still in the process of being restored, it opened its doors to both Cuban and foreign visitors, so that they can admire the museum rooms.