Casa del Conde de la Reunión
Built in the 1820s, at the peak of the baroque era, Casa del Conde de la Reunión has a trefoil-arched doorway opening onto a zaguán (courtyard). Exquisite azulejos (painted tiles) decorate the walls.
Famed novelist Alejo Carpentier used the house as the main setting for his novel El siglo de las luces (The Enlightenment). A portion of the home, which houses the Centro de Promoción Cultural, is dedicated to his memory as the Fundación Alejo Carpentier (Empedrado #215, tel. 07/861-5500, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., free). Displayed are his early works, with his raincoat thrown stylishly over his old desk chair.
One block west, tiny Plazuela de San Juan de Dios (Empedrado, e/ Habana y Aguiar) is pinned by a white marble life-size facsimile of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, sitting in a chair, book and pen in hand, lending the plaza its colloquial name: Parque Cervantes.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition