Cienfuegos, Cuba

On November 12 at 8:00 The World anchored at Cienfuegos, a city on Bahía de Cienfuegos, a bay on Cuba’s south coast. Known as Cuba’s ‘Pearl of the South’ ,the colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style. It later became more eclectic but retained a harmonious overall townscape. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.

The Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2005.

Parque José Martí, named for the revered Cuban poet, journalist and independence proponent.
Catedral de la Purisma Concepción in Parque José Martí.
Teatro Tomás Terry, italian theater built with funds bequeathed by sugar magnate Tomás Terry Adams.
Palacio de Gobierno in Parque José Martí.
Parque José Martí.
Visit to UNEAC (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, where we were treated to a short musical performance. We also got to meet and talk with several of the artists.
Palacio de Valle, built by a wealthy sugar merchant and completed in 1917. The pastel pink palace was a casino during the Batista days.
View from Palacio de Valle at Punta Gorda.
Solo walk through the not so wealthy part of town.
Cemeterio la Reina.
Better part of town, typical street.
On the Malecón in Cienfuegos.