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Camagüey: a heritage city (+ photos)

Camagüey is the third most important city of Cuba and one of the nine sites declared as World Heritage places in our country by UNESCO.


20 de agosto de 2016 - Victor Guirola Rodriguez

Camagüey is the third most important city of Cuba and one of the nine sites declared as World Heritage places in our country by UNESCO.

Founded under the original name of  Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, it later changed its name to honor a chieftain living in the area.

 

Due to its somewhat geographical isolation, the population of this region has peculiar features, such as their Christian devotion and a curious talking accent. A land of prolonged droughts, though fertile in talents, this town has given birth to different artistic manifestations such as poetry, literature and ballet.

Camagüey's heritage site is the largest  in area of our country and it stands out by the excellent preservation of its colonial-style buildings. Its peculiar layoutt is attributed to a defence plan conceived by the Spanish conquerors.

Two elements distinguish the urban layout: the cobblestones dating back to 1900 and the stone water. The latter are a sort of huge clay pots filled with water found before the portals of each house as collectors of rain  that help to cope with the drought events affecting this city.

The most important building of this town is the Cathedral, devoted to Our Lady La Candelaria, located in the former main square s, today renamed under the name of the Cuban  patriot Ignacio Agramonte. Such building dates from 1617, and since then it has been restored several times.

The carnival of the city takes place on Saint John's Eve. The streets are decorated and people prepare the popular ajiaco, a typical dish here, a kind of porrige having local ingredients, like cassava, plantain and corn.

 


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