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Main Attractions near Villa Santiago de Cuba

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Cobre

Basilica del Cobre

The Virgin de la Caridad, nicknamed of El Cobre to have their sanctuary in that urban center, it was placed almost immediately among the religious preferences of the Cubans, when representing in the Afro-Cuban learned to Ochún, symbol of the femininity, the sweet waters and the happiness.

Diverse locations had in the years of their existence the sanctuary, from a hermitage, the chapel of the hospital, a parish and the current one, built toward 1927.

The temple, with a sober architecture, has a central ship dominated by allegorical beautiful glass windows to the Virgin's figure, everything supplemented it with an altar worked in silver ornamental solid and valuable objects.

The numerous offerings figure as silent witnesses in the Chapel of the Miracles, in a relationship that goes from toys, jewels, letters, pictures, diverse prizes and even medals of the most varied origin.

The Santa Virgin's own image, placed in its Dressing room, rests surrounded of flowers and essences, with the boy Jesús in his left arm and a cross in the right, in a patient wait to the faithful ones that go to surrender pays and they expect from her the execution of the formulated promises.

San Pedro de la Roca Castle or Castillo del Morro

Santiago de Cuba Morro

"The Castillo del Morro, the same thing moves in the first visit that when we transform into visiting regular of this small marvel." A sign prays this way to the entrance of this located strength in front of Caribbean, to which you consents from Santiago (to 8 km) for The Boulevard, to continue toward the coast.

Castle of San Pedro de la Roca their true name is a military strength located in Santiago de Cuba, declared by UNESCO in 1998 as Patrimony of the Humanity.

This military Renaissance fortification was built in the year 1638 with the objective of protecting the city of Santiago de Cuba against a naval attack. The idea arose on behalf of the one that then was governor of the county Pedro de la Roca y Borja.

The famous engineer Italian Juan Bautista Antonelli was who directed the construction works and designs, so that they could take advantage the defensive and offensive possibilities of the land on which rose.

he Morro de Santiago de Cuba has been reconstructed in numerous occasions. It is considered by the experts in the matter like an architectural jewel of aesthetic and historical unquestionable value.

Cuartel Moncada

Moncada Barracks Facade

The history of the barracks Moncada began in 1859, when the first stone was placed of that that later was known initially as barracks of the New Prison, to be dedicated to serve as departmental jail in Santiago from Cuba.

Later on, to the transferred being the prison toward another place of the city, that building was used to house to the chivalry forces and Spanish infantry that operated against the Cuban independence combating.

The government colonial Spanish decided to change the name and he was put barracks of Mercedes Queen, in honor to the king's wife XIII Alfonso. Some time later exactly in 1902, decided to identify this barracks with the patriot's last name Guillermón Moncada who was prisoner in this fortification.

July of 1953, 26 the barracks Moncada charged a historical significant connotation when it was assaulted by a group of revolutionary youths directed by Fidel Castro.

fter 1959 became the school center 26 of Julio. This happened January of 1960, 28 exactly as homage to José Martí in the anniversary 107 of their birthday. Also decided that in one of the facilities of the old strength a museum was created in which were reflected details of the action that there took place July 26 1953.

Steps of Padre Pico in Santiago de Cuba

Steps of Padre Pico in Santiago

The street Padre Pico of Santiago de Cuba, is without doubts, one of the good known ones of the city and it par excellence constitutes a natural true viewpoint besides being to our view the staggered most famous street in Cuba. It is Padre Pico Perron one of the doors of the more santiaguero of all the neighborhoods: Tivolí.

Padre Pico has 52 steps, contained in 13 blocks of 4 steps each one, and 12 rests; it was built in 1899 first floor the mayor's auspices Emilio Bacardí, endowing this way, to the city of one of his unmistakable symbols.

on Emilio Bacardí was who it proposed and it achieved Father's Pick name, in honor to Bernardo del Pico Redin, Catholic priest very remembered in Santiago de Cuba by its beneficent work in the Convent of Nativity.

Mausoleum Martí, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

It is located in Ave. Raúl Perozo s/n, Allotment Agüero, Santiago de Cuba. Santa Ifigenia possesses significant architectural values. Here they rest the remains of outstanding personalities of our history, among them those of our National Hero José Martí, and of fatherland Carlos Manuel de Cespedes.

Diego Velásquez Museum House

Carpa Trompoloco - Flight Bird

The mahogany parabanes that hide the balconies, and the stone walls, reveals the antiquity of this large house that is considered as the oldest construction in Cuba.

Although the Museum House Diego Velásquez has been restored, it conserves their original roofs partly, some walls, doors, and the oven where they melted the gold and the silver.

In the central patio it still continues in foot the reservoir where the rain water was stored, and to the foot of the windows they are the rests through which the family leaned out without being seen. The rooms of this house where the first governor of the island lived, they serve today of headquarters to the Museum of Historical Colonial Atmosphere.

Great Stone

Santiago de Cuba Gran Piedra

This enormous stone 25 meters high, 51 meters of longitude and approximately some 70000 tons weigh are located to Santiago 25 kilometers.

It is said that it belonged to an old volcano and is in a beautiful surrounded natural environment of ferns and wild orchids.

Is opportunity to breathe pure air in the high of some summits, to enjoy a splendid restaurant and wonderful view.

Prehistory Valley

Santiago de Cuba, Prehistory Valley

This valley on Baconao Park located some 10 kilometers of the Farm can be seen all type of saurian reproduced in armed cement.

For their location the waves of the valley were taken advantage of to place the monumental imitations of the dinosaurs.

Here it can visit one another the Natural Sciences Museum that exposes a sample on the evolution of the species.

Bacardí Museum

Santiago de Cuba, Bacardi Museum

The Bacardí Museum is the oldest in the city, houses a collection of diverse works of art, antiques and a small sample of the indigenous art of America.

Among their exposed treasures two Peruvian mummies and an Egyptian are brought by Bacardí of Luxor, as well as art gallery with a collection of Cuban painting of the XIX century.

Address: Pious rosy, between Heredia and Aguilera.

Conventions Center Heredia

Santiago de Cuba, Heredia Theater

It began to be built in December of 1986 and it was inaugurated August 13 from 1991 to a cost of 41 million pesos. It takes the illustrious poet's santiaguero name José María Heredia and Heredia. Unique installation in Cuba that works like conventions center specialized in artistic and cultural shows.

The Conventions Center Heredia or Heredia Theater Designed by the Cuban architect Antonio Quintana, where it links traditional and modern elements next to an typical artistic atmosphere of the Cuban nature.

It has a main room of 2452 capacities; 1 723 parkett in the orchestra and 729 in the balcony. It possesses 9 rooms with capacities from 30 up to 300 people with facilities of simultaneous translation, audiovisual means, etc. Inside the building is also the Singing Coffee "Niagara", where they show up music shows, it dances and poetry, of Thursday to Sunday, with artists of the region.

Tropicana Santiago de Cuba

Complex Tropicana Santiago is operated by the company Carishow S.A. of the group Cubanacán, called by some the Cabaret of Caribbean and considered the one bigger than the island with capacity for 900 people.

For those that arrive to this region, the night center is forced place of scale, with a cast of two hundreds of artists that takes charge of offering a show where the coloring, the rumba and the folklore transform the party into a true carnival of which is impossible to be subtracted .

Nigel Alexander Hunt

Welcome to my site dedicated to the Villa Santiago de Cuba. I am "poco a poco" researching and updating it with the aim to provide as complete as possible record of the hotel's ancient and recent history; bearing in mind that the goings-on today may one day be of historical interest.

My site is NOT the official website of the current hotel operator, and is by no means endorsed by them; but I am grateful for their help with the research.

You can make from this site room reservations through the Bizloco eTravel System operated by Cubaism Ltd which has a direct contract with the current hotel operator.

Best wishes for 2017

Nigel Alexander Hunt