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Cuban architecture

Camagüey City

Camaguey Camagüey is a city and municipality in central Cuba and is the nation’s third largest city. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province. After almost continuous attacks from pirates the original city (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515 on the northern coast) was moved inland in 1528. The new city was built with a confusing lay-out of winding alleys that made it easier to defend it from any raiders. There are many blind alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. There is only one exit from the city; should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, the hope was that the local inhabitants would be able to entrap and kill them.

In July 2008, the old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The old city layout resembles a real maze, with narrow, short streets always turning in a direction or another. After Henry Morgan burned the city in the 17th century, it was designed like a maze so attackers would find it hard to move around inside the city.

Camagüey is the birthplace of Ignacio Agramante, a relevant personality in the 68’s war, and protagonist with his wife of one of the most beautiful love stories in the country. Carlos J Finlay, phicisian who changed the medicine of his time and settled the basis for tropical medicine with his research on the yellow fever agent,was born here, as well as Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, a relevant figure in Ibero-American poetry and prose. Enrique Jose Varona, painter Fidelio Ponce and National Poet Nicolas Guillen come from this city too.

Places to go:

  • Ignacio Agramonte Birth House
  • Soledad Church
  • Plaza de los Trabajadores (Square)
  • Nuestra Señora de la Merced Church
  • Gran Teatro Principal (Theatre)
  • Nicolás Guillén Birth House
  • Antonio Maceo Square
  • Agramonte Park
  • Santa Iglesia Cathedral
  • Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Church
  • San Juan de Dios Museum
  • San Juan de Dios Square
  • Necrópolis (Cementery)
  • Ignacio Agramonte Museum

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