Plaza San Juan de Dios


Looking more Mexican than Cuban (Mexico was capital of New Spain so the colonial architecture was often superior), Plaza San Juan de Dios is Camagüey's most picturesque and beautifully preserved corner. Its eastern aspect is dominated by the Museo de San Juan de Dios, formerly a hospital. Worthwhile restaurants lurk behind the square's arresting blue, yellow and pink building facades.

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1. Estudio-Galería Jover

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2. Museo de San Juan de Dios

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Housed in a former hospital administered by Father José Olallo, the friar who became Cuba’s first saint, the museum chronicles Camagüey’s history and…

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