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This beautiful colonial house and now museum is located in the neighborhood San Francisco de Paula in Havana.
Ernest Miller Hemingway born in Oak Park, Illinois, The United States on July 21. 1899 and well known for his journalism, novels, and books.
Hemingway Cuba’s first visit was 1928. After marrying Martha Gellhorn his third wife the couple bought Finca Vigía,a one-story house set on a beautiful piece of property just outside of Havana. The house is still called Finca La Vigia and was the place where Ernest Hemingway wrote nine novels including “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea (El Viejo y El Mar)” and lived from 1939 to 1960. Finca Vigía was built in 1886 on a hilltop by Catalan architect Miguel Pascual y Baguer
Hemingway spent almost twenty years in this home. He traveled regularly to Cuba during the winter, so he could enjoy the warm tropical weather and continue with the writing of his books. Meanwhile Cuba was the perfect place to relax, enjoy the lifestyle in Cuba and was the inspiration he sought to enliven his novels.
Before he left Cuba, the land he always considered home, Hemingway bestowed Finca Vigía to the island’s people. He also left his forty-foot boat, Pilar, to his Cuban friend Gregorio Fuentes.
Visitors peering out of the window panes can see the huge shoes stacked in the bathroom and an endless row of more than 8,000 books placed on shelves. The entry to this now museum is 5 CUC.
It is the sanctuary of a man who made his home in Cuba, which he reflected in his best novels and most of his chronicles.