Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is the most important second city of Cuba.

It is known as the cradle of the Revolution since in his saws Fidel Castro and the Che Guevara hid between others and it was where they convinced the Cuban people in order that they were joining his revolution.

One advises to begin the early tour, since Santiago is riddled with slopes and is in the habit of being hot, which might do of the tour an authentic martyrdom.

The best way of knowing it is wandering about the streets and discovering his buildings, day after day of his inhabitants …

Later, I you put a route of sites that you cannot happen from length. This route has an approximate tour of 1,7 kilometres.

Route for Santiago de Cuba

1. Museum of the Cuartel Moncada

Moving away from the route we come to this historical place of the Revolution where the assault took place on July 26, 1953.

Museum of the Cuartel Moncada

Composed by 10 rooms where you will be able to see weapon, texts and images that gather the history of Cuba, from the conquest up to the Revolution.

In him special capture relevancy the action of July 26.

2. Museum of the Carnival

The construction of the building dates back of ends of the 18th century.

Museum of the Carnival

It has a room dedicated to the musical instruments of the different groups, and with a court where they recreate the folklor, so much regional as native.

In there enjoy themselves the carnivals of the Colonial epoch, that of the Republic and that of the Revolution.

Carnival of Santiago

In you will be able to see coaches, wardrobes, adornments and trophies.

3. Museum Emilio Barcardí

It is a question of a mansion of neoclassic style that it belonged to the founder of the brand of rum who takes his name and who managed to be a mayor of the city.

Museum Emilio Barcardí

Is worth externally that within.

4. Park Céspedes

In you will be able to observe the Cathedral of Santiago. Opposite to this one one finds the Town hall and between both Diego Velázquez’s House.

The Cathedral of Santiago. It was destroyed by the flames several times; victim of earthquakes and of hurricanes; coveted by pirates and corsairs.

The Cathedral of Santiago

His construction began in 1522 and finished in 1526.

The ambition of the corsairs who were infecting the Carib, did that this one was reconstructed between the year 1666 and 1670.

The earthquakes of 1678, 1766, 1852 and 1932, they did that this one was partial or totally destroyed.

Town hall. This institution was founded by Diego Velázquez in 1516.

Town hall

On January 1, 1959, Fidel Castro went to the village from his balcony and explained the course that was going to take the Revolution. It was the first speech that gave in a Free Cuba.

His first mayor was the conqueror Hernán Cortés.

In his beginnings the ceiling was of guano and was possessing a prison aside and a hospital to other one, being the town hall in the center.

Diego Velázquez’s house. It counts in spite of being the most ancient colonial house of America. Constructed in 1516 by Hernán Cortés, in her there resided the first governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez. In his interior it possesses a museum.

Diego Velázquez's house

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