Unseen Cuba: the first pictures of the country from a height

“No one could take picture of this country from a height because of the political regime and technical difficulties. I thought it would be amazing to be the first person on the planet who could convince the Cuban government to give permission to shoot.” 
Thus began the long history of the Lithuanian photographer Marius Jovaiša, who spent two years not so long ago only for collecting the necessary documents and bureaucratic red tape to picture Cuba, which no one has ever seen before.

One of the technical difficulties faced by the Lithuanian photographer is the inability to rent a suitable helicopter for filming. Havana authorities had only a healthy Russian-made Mi-8. As a result, the photographer bought in Australia a custom-made ultralight moto-glider. 
In total, the “Unseen Cuba” project took 5 years and a million dollars, but it was worth it: the turquoise sea, white sand, ancient villages, beautiful mountains and cities frozen in time. And all this was first taken from a height.

Western Cuba

1. Morro Castle (foreground) and the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana. Until 1774, the castle was the only defensive building in front of the entrance to the inlet channel. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):


2. 48 km bridge "El Pedraplen de caibarien". Cubans are seriously called this bridge the construction of the century, although it was built only 11 years old (from 1988 to 1999). (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):


3. Principe Fortress (Castillo del Príncipe, 1767–1779) with two powerful bastions — for a long time it was the city’s largest prison. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 

4. The Cuban capitol was built in the image of an American building. It was built three years, the construction was completed in 1929. Until 1958, the Capitol was the tallest building in Havana - the dome reached 92 meters. Since 1960, it houses the Ministry of Science and the Museum of History. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

5. Hotel National. Over the 80 years of its existence, it has hosted many guests, from Winston Churchill to Frank Sinatra. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 

6. Colon Cemetery (isp. Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón) - the cemetery of the name of Christopher Columbus in Havana (Cuba). Founded in 1876 by the architect Calisto de Loira, located in the Vedado district. The cemetery covers an area of 57 hectares and has almost a million graves. It is considered one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

7. Built in 1646, the Torreón de la Chorrera tower. Today there is a restaurant. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

8. The city of Matanzas, the capital of the province of the same name. Located 90 km east of Havana and 32 km west of the large resort town of Varadero. It is the birthplace of rumba and other popular Cuban rhythms. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

9. Landscapes province Pinar del Rio, located on the western part of the island. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 
10. The beauty of Valle de Vinales prompted UNESCO to designate these lands on its World Heritage List in 1999. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 
Central Cuba

11. Trinidad is the most interesting of the "colonial cities" of Cuba. It was founded by one of the first on the island, the Spanish conquistador Diego Velasquez in 1514. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 

12. Thanks to architectural monuments and unique museums, Trinidad, along with the valley of sugar factories, is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and the city itself is often called the city museum of the Caribbean. Sugar kings, pirates and slaves left their mark here. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

13. The colonial city of Remedios, in the province of Villa Clara, was founded in the 16th century. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

14. And again the bridge "El Pedraplen de caibarien". (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

15. Amazing beach Playa Ensenachos. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

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17. Mangrove forest. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

18. Archipelago Jardines del Rey in northern Cuba in the provinces of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey. Coral reef area. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

Eastern Cuba

19. Having landed on this shore, Admiral Christopher Columbus exclaimed: “This is the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen!” In this part there are four national parks and two biosphere reserves that are UNESCO World Heritage sites. 
Turkino Peak is the highest point of Cuba (1972 m). (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

20. Agricultural landscapes. Coffee is grown on these lands. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

21. Cauto is the longest river in Cuba in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Granma. With a total length of 343 km, the river is navigable only along 110 km of the downstream. But, drinking water is unsuitable. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 

22. Mist in the Sierra del Cristal National Park - home to over 100 species of endemic plants. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

23. El Junque is a mountain 575 meters high, located 7 kilometers west of the city of Baracoa and the bay of the same name in Guantanamo province in Cuba. It has the shape of a table mountain and resembles an anvil, due to which it got its name. El Junque was declared the National Monument of the Cuban National Commission on Monuments on December 25, 1979. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

24. Baracoa is the oldest city of Cuba, it was founded in 1511. According to one of the versions, Christopher Columbus first landed on the shores of Cuba just near the present Baracoa. This version is supported by a wooden cross, which is now in the city cathedral, whose age (late 15th century) was recently confirmed by expertise.
Baracoa is the main center of chocolate production in Cuba. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

25. Cuba without baseball? Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Cuba. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa):

26. Cone-shaped mountains in the valley of Vinales. This is a Cuban national park, which UNESCO declared the World Reserve in due time. (Photo by Unseen Cuba | Marius Jovaisa): 

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