Created in December, 1960, this public organization cultivates and promotes friendship among nations. It works together with numerous international solidarity committees, whose members have cooperated and regularly visit Cuba. It has become a meeting place for different cultures, a place where friends come to discuss and reflect on the reality of the situation in Cuba and the rest of the world.
The former home of Manuel Carvajal and Margarita González de Mendoza, the Marquis and Marquise of Avilés, is one of the most notable houses built in El Vedado in 1815. The design was commissioned to renowned American architect Thomas Hastings, whose work contributed to the introduction of Beaux Art codes in Cuba. Situated on one of Havana’s main avenues, the mansion has two different blocks. The main building is taller and very imposing. It has a flat roof with a decorated parapet, unlike the smaller building, which has a tiled pitched roof. The main doorway is presided over by two tall columns with Corinthian capitals and the hall is large with Ionic columns. One of the sides is occupied completely by a large columned porch.