San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Fortress Santiago de Cuba San Pedro de la Roca Castle or, as its known locally, El Morro de Santiago de Cuba, is a similar fortifaction to the El Morro Castle in Havana which was designed primarily as a fortress to protect the harbor mouth against pirates and other unwelcome guests. Designed in 1637 by Giovanni Battista Antonelli, a military engineer from Milan, the Morro was self sustainable due to its large warehouse accessible directly by ships, cut directly into the rock along the flank of the building. The San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, considering it as the best preserved and most complete example of Spanish-American military architecture in the Caribbean. Even though San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Fortress was primarily a defensive measure, it also incorporated four main levels and three large cannon sections to house artillery. Today the San Pedro de la Roca Castle is probably the most visited monument in Cuba's second largest city of Santiago de Cuba.
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Many visitors to Cuba are overwhelmed at just how unauthentic places like Varadero have become. Almost completely devoid of that Cubaness you went to Cuba in the first place to experience. Rancho Luna Beach in Cienfuegos is however different, since it seems to encapsulate this whole cubaism we all search in Cuba, in one small stretch of sand. It's very local, not too touristic and this shows because young Cuban mothers are bathing their children here and, old Cubans are reading [...]
Plagued by bandits, buccaneers and pirates, Spanish king Philip V decided to build a fortress in Cienfuegos to protect the entrance to the city's bay in the 1740s. It was originally called the Castillo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Jagua due to the name of the location known as Jagua, just outside the city. The Jagua Fortress or in Spanish Castillo de Jagua. It was declared a National Monument on October 10, 1978 and opened as a museum [...]
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located on the main city square called Parque Marti and was completed in 1819. A building of immense beauty it is the pride Cienfuegos residents. The Cienfuegos Cathedral has a neo-Classical façade with two large red bell towers of differing heights, three arched entrances and French stained glass windows of the Twelve Apostles. It also boasts beautiful French ornate carvings. The first ever house of worship of Cienfuegos has been [...]
The Valle Palace is located in the Punta Gorda area of Cienfuegos, just a few minutes outside the downtown area. Easily one of the true architectural jewels of Cienfuegos it displays a myriad of influences from Gothic to Romanesque, Baroque to Italianate tendencies, and all mish massed into one building. From all angles the building is truly breathtaking. Today the Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos is used for cultural events. It also features a rather good seafood restaurant with a bar. [...]
Address: Carretera a Rancho Luna KM 3 1/2 – Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba Hotel Punta la Cueva Cienfuegos offers 67 spacious air-conditioned rooms. Hotel Punta la Cueva Cienfuegos is located in lush tropical gardens with its own small private beach & sea pier from which guests can experience fantastic Caribbean sunrises & sunsets across the Cienfuegos bay. Unlike other hotels in the area, its ideal location on the east side of Cienfuegos Bay means it's just few minutes' walk from the [...]