Santiago de Cuba

The neoclassical Ayuntamiento was erected in the 1950s using a design from 1783 and was once the site of Hernán Cortés’ mayoral office. Fidel Castro appeared on the balcony of the present building on the night of January 2, 1959, trumpeting the revolution’s triumph. The edifice was getting thoroughly refurbished on our last visit.

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Nearby Santiago de Cuba attractions

1. Parque Céspedes

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Archetype for romantic Cuban street life, Parque Céspedes is a throbbing kaleidoscope of walking, talking, hustling, flirting, guitar-strumming humanity…

2. Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano

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The oldest house still standing in Cuba, this arresting early colonial abode dating from 1522 was the official residence of the island's first governor,…

3. Casa de la Cultura Miguel Matamoros

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The Casa de la Cultura Miguel Matamoros, on Parque Céspedes' eastern aspect, is the former San Carlos Club, a social center for wealthy santiagüeros until…

5. Museo Arquidiocesano

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The Museo Arquidiocesano houses a dullish collection of furniture, liturgical objects and paintings including the Ecce Homo, believed to be Cuba’s oldest…

6. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

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You can dig deeper into Santiago's ecclesiastical history in this tumbledown construction, a hall church dating from the 1700s that is the final resting…

7. Calle Heredia

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The music never stops on Calle Heredia, Santiago's most sensuous street and also one of its oldest. Melodies waft from the paint-peeled Casa de Cultura…