Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country's capital. It lies on the northwest coast of the
island and faces the Gulf of Mexico. The architecture in the city, particularly the walled section
reflects the country's Spanish heritage. The narrow streets in old-town are in sharp contrast to
the wide tree-lined avenues in modern Havana.
The harbor no longer bustles as it did before the embargo was set by the US government,
however, future relations with the United States seemed less strained since the visit from Pope
Paul John in 1998.