22:30 06-14-98 (Reuters Limited. )
“Sir Winston Churchill puffed Havana cigars in its stately rooms. Frank Sinatra sampled Cuban rum punches at the bar.
Havana's Hotel Nacional, which has received a long list of international celebrity guests in its 68-year history, has been declared a national monument.
The 464-room hotel, which dominates the Havana seafront, received the distinction in a special ceremony Saturday night attended by the city's historian, Eusebio Leal, and other Cuban officials.
Cuba's National Monuments Commission described the hotel as one of the architectural landmarks of Havana.
The ceremony included the firing of one of two 100-year-old cannons that stand in the hotel gardens, which once housed a Spanish gun battery during Cuba's 1898 War of Independence.
The Hotel Nacional was inaugurated on Dec. 30, 1930. It was built by a U.S. construction company, Purdey and Henderson, from a design by American architects.
In 1933, it was briefly occupied by mutinous military officers and was bombarded by government forces.
In the 1940s and 1950s, when Havana was a tourist playground for Americans, the hotel received a stream of famous guests, including Nat ``King'' Cole, Marlon Brando and other entertainers, writers and celebrities.
It figured in British writer Graham Greene's spy spoof novel, ``Our Man in Havana.''
Following Cuba's 1959 revolution, the hotel remained a favorite destination for foreign visitors. It is currently run by the Cuban state hotel chain Gran Caribe. “
A view of the lobby.
In the WS a view to the inner gardern shooted from one of the back verandas
Model - NIKON D200
DateTime - 2007:01:21 17:48:04
ExposureTime - 1/40 seconds
FNumber - 11.00
ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 400
FocalLength - 20.00 mm
ISO Setting - 400
Color Mode - COLOR
Image Quality - FINE
White Balance - SUNNY
Image Sharpening - LOW
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hatti52 (12786) 2008-04-09 1:36
wonderful inddor shot with very nice light control and sharpness
gracious (20025) 2008-04-09 1:44
Excellent shot with the best exposure and focus for this indoor shot!
the reflection and colour just awesome in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and superb details
very well done
many thanks for the sharing
paura (47186) 2008-04-09 2:59
O hotel é lindomas parece perdido no tempo, como o resto todo né? O pessoal que faz cinema poderia aproveitar mais essa característica da ilha.
ARGI (3456) 2008-04-09 3:54
Excellent POV and frame Rui.
Colors and lights are bright and beautiful.
Human figures give the live aspect on the image.
Bravo well done
best regards A
siamesa (28121) 2008-04-09 5:26
Uma beleza de foto. As luzes e o ponto de vista perfeito.Como sugere o Paulo, merece ser cenário de filmes.
rodgerg (55767) 2008-04-09 11:49
Very Impressionnat the luxury of this hotel in country Cuba.
Splendid light for your photo and also a very good prospect.
.. to morrow
feather (51130) 2008-04-09 12:41
We don't often see hotel interiors, so it was a good idea to show us this imposing hotel in Cuba. The perspective view works well with a wonderful symmetry. I like the reflections in the shiny floor. Well done
jhm (154508) 2008-04-10 4:09
My compliments for that wonderful yellow gold colours interior image.
You chose a very nice angle, specially to the symmetry, the reflection and colour very pleasant for look it.
Very well done, it's a beauty.
Thanks for sharing.
stego (24132) 2008-04-10 8:46
É um daqueles sítios algo lendários de Havana que gostaria de conhecer. A captura está admirável atendendo a que é um interior, com um bom enquadramento e exposição. É curioso, "bastaram" f.11 e 1/40, deve ser bem melhor iluminado do que parece na foto; ou então fizeste um PP excelente...
Gosto tb. muito do WS, aquela cadeira vazia leva-me a imaginar como deve saber bem ficar por ali uns tempos agarrado a uns mojitos.
Um abraço, José.
azaf1 (15929) 2008-04-11 4:06
This Cuban hotel is just a marvel to look at. Your POV brings up its beauty and your colors and light do justice to its historic glamour
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-04-11 9:31
Beautifull perspective with the symetry. Also beautifull lightwith a gold aspect. Nice vision on the luxury Cuba. So different with the poverty of the population
xuaxo (6846) 2008-04-13 13:11
Belo átrio dourado. É mesmo o que se espera de um grande hotel.
robob (3646) 2008-05-23 4:47
Hello Amigo Rui,
Je n’ai pas eu l’occasion de le visiter lors de mon voyage à Cuba et c’est bien dommage !
C’est un intérieur très richement décorer !
Très bon point de vue sur ce hall,
Bien à toi et à bientôt,
UlfE (14641) 2008-05-26 10:14
Wonderful interior picture. A really good POV and exciting lines. The yellow colours and the reflections in the floor are magnificent. TFS!
Charo (51212) 2008-06-09 2:48
Estupenda toma de esta gran entrada al museo. La luz dorada es espléndida y tiene excelente profundidad y definición.
fkokol (1636) 2008-07-11 12:26
wonderful composition. great perspective and colours.
giorgimer (34941) 2009-07-02 14:10
we had a drink there, it's a very fascinating hotel. Very nice shot, good details, perspective and light management.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-12-11 3:25
Ola Rui ,
Fantástico o interior deste hotel , com estes reflexos dourados ,gostei muito da sua decoração dos anos 30-40 , boa profundidade de foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
- Copyright: Rui de Camposinhos (ruisc_pt) (11090)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-21
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX
- Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: LA HAVANA
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 1:09