The city of Cienfuegos, known also as the Pearl of South or the Pretty Sea city, has several attractions that enchant visitors since their arrival, especially at the historic center and the Protected Area of Punta Gorda. By the values it has, since 15th of July 2005 has the condition of Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as it is the first Historic Center of the Latin-American XIX century. Its exceptional set represents the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order on the urban planning, which adds to it a Protection Zone, qualified by its high environmental, architectonic and cultural values, that goes from the end of Paseo del Prado to the zone known as La Punta.
Its elegant and perfectly neoclassical layout, forms a chessboard, and constitutes an exceptional exponent of the Cuban and Caribbean urbanism of the XIX century. We invite you to discover it!
What to Visit in Cienfuegos, Cuba?
More Tourist Attractions in Cienfuegos:
Cemetery of the Queen, St. 7 / 50 and 52.
Construction where the majestic, respect and beauty shakes hands. The General Cemetery or Cemetery of the Queen built in 1839, results singular at national level; precisely by the conformation of its main yard, the only one of the country with 3 roads of vertical niches. Is thanks to this necropolis that we know the ancient ways of burring that also reflects the artistic levels achieved by then on Villa de Cienfuegos in terms of working in marble, cast iron and slate. The tombstones of these niches overflow elegance in their low reliefs, as well as the blacksmithing that frames vaults and pantheons. The sculptures possess the funeral dignity of those who had the economic resources to express it. One of them, known as the "Sleeping Beauty", is wrapped in legend. In the niches we find mortuary dates that date back to the 1830s. Here also lie, in mass graves, valuable figures of our libertarian deeds of 1868 and 1895. Declared National Monument on January 30.
Tomás Acea Cemetery. Ave. 5 de Septiembre Km 31/2.
The mystery of death inevitable summons to silence and meditation. The Cienfuegos necropolis named “Tomas Acea” in honor to a wealthy family of the region, who put part of its capital in function of this work, one of the best of its type in the country. Completed in 1926, the cemetery was designed and executed by the engineers Pablo Donato Carbonell and Luis Felipe Ros and constitutes a valuable sample of the most modern American foreign concepts regarding mortuary installations. As a result, this cemetery - garden that took advantage of the undulating topography of the land was achieved to integrate the burial grounds into the landscape. The cemetery has an elegant administrative building that combines the classical forms prevailing in the city since the nineteenth century, with the grandiloquence that impressed the XX. Declared National Monument on April 17, 1986.
Our Lady of the Angels of Jagua Fortress. Jagua Castle.
Community of Jagua Castle. It is one of the symbols of our province. The Fortress Our Lady of the Angels of Jagua was built in 1745, a Creole symbiosis of the peninsular saints and Aboriginal voice. It owes its project to the military engineer Jose Tantete, who erected this solid stone construction, of cubic structure, with two levels, a drawbridge and a vaulted gazebo. It took the style of the prestigious French engineer Sebastián le Pestre, who instrumented his own system of fortifications known as Vauban - in honor to his status of Lord - that establishes the harmonic relation between the landscape, the topography and the geometric forms. If during the eighteenth century contained the filibuster of Francis Drake, Jacques de Sores, William Bruce, Juan Morgan, Lorenzo Craff and other fearsome "sea wolves" that also sought to benefit their crowns with overseas riches. In 1762 it occupied a significant place in the history of Cuba, serving as the headquarters of Spanish military command, against the brief English occupation of the country. Declared National Monument since the 10 of October of 1978.
13 km from the city of Cienfuegos is the municipality of Palmira, a town with deep Afro-Cuban roots. The Yoruba Pantheon and the municipal museum are erected in this territory.
Saint Isabel de las Lajas.
In the Benny Moré's birthplace, an emblematic figure of Cuban music, is the municipal museum that pays tribute to the musician, as well as the casino of the congos, where Benny began his musical work. Every August 24, the anniversary of his birth and in the 19th, the anniversary of his death, the people of Lajas make a pilgrimage to his tomb as a testimony of admiration and respect for his figure.