Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

I flew to Havana from Cancun in Mexico and after one day in the capital (don’t worry I’ll tell you all about it later), I caught a bus to the town of Cienfuegos, on the south coast, about four hours away.

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos

The town was founded by the Spanish in 1819 although initially settled by the French. The grid layout historic centre is small, colourful and low-rise with many buildings in neoclassic and eclectic styles.

Cienfuegos - town hall

Cienfuegos - town hall

UNESCO describes is 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”.

Cienfuegos - Ferrer Palace

Cienfuegos - Ferrer Palace

One of the examples of eclectic style architecture  is this marvellous residential building, the Ferrer Palace, on the main square with its spiral staircased belvedere on top, which was of course rather difficult to represent.

Lego Cienfuegos - Ferrer Palace

Lego Cienfuegos - Ferrer Palace

Finally, everywhere I went I saw wonderful political billboards and signs. Here’s one from Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos "Your example lives, your ideas persist"

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