Havana’s royal fairytale park: Jardín Diana de Gales 
 by Sofia Beckman
 
 
The distinctly non-communist fairytale crown atop a wrought-iron archway is something of a give away for one of Havana’s most delightful gardens, the Jardín Diana de Gales (Diana of Wales Garden, Baratillo, esq. Carpinetti, daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.). This was unveiled in 2000 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

 
 

At its center is a 3-meter-tall column is by acclaimed Cuban artist Alfredo Sosabravo. There’s also an engraved Welsh slate and stone plaque from Althorp, Diana’s childhood home, donated by the British Embassy.

The garden sits just behind the Lonja de Commercio at one corner of Plaza de Sanfransisco. It actually backs onto the Casa de los Esclavos (Obrapía, esq. Av. del Puerto), a slave-merchant’s home now serves as the principal office of the city historian.

This is a place to come when you want to take the heat out of the day, comfortably bathed in shade from its leafy surrounds, it is something of a hidden gem which is worth seeking out for those footsore sightseers of Havana.
Havana’s royal fairytale park: Jardín Diana de Gales
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