Cienfuegos , city, capital
prov., central Cuba, a port on the Caribbean Sea. It is the
marketing and processing center of a region producing sugarcane,
tobacco, coffee, and rice; it also has rum distilleries and
fish canneries. The city is Cuba's leading sugar exporting
port as well as a major fishing port. Founded in 1819 by French
emigrants from Louisiana and named for one of the original
founders, Cienfuegos was destroyed by a tropical storm in
1825 and later rebuilt.
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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. [...]
Probably one of the most historic buildings in Cienfuegos has to be the Teatro Tomas Terry. Built in 1889 it was, at the time, one of the largest capacity theaters in the Caribbean designed for 1200 people. Unlike many historic theatres around the world, the Terry Theater of Cienfuegos is still used regularly for performances. Admission fee to simply view the theater itself is 10 pesos (or $50 cents). This impressive building in Cienfuegos is located on the north side [...]