Casa de los Árabes
The Casa de los Árabes (Arabs’ House, Oficios #12, tel. 07/861-5868, Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., free), 50 meters south of Plaza de Armas and comprising two 17th-century mansions, was formerly the Colegio de San Ambriosio, and is a fine example of Moorish-inspired architecture.
Casa de los Árabes is the only place in Havana where Muslims can practice the Islamic faith (the prayer hall is decorated with hardwoods inlaid with mother-of-pearl). It houses a small museum dedicated to the many Levantine immigrants who settled Cuba throughout the centuries.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition