Palacio de Gobierno


Dating from 1853, this muscular building with its huge arched portales forming a grand covered walkway fills the whole east side of Parque Libertad. These days it's the seat of the Poder Popular (Popular Power), the local government.

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1. Parque Libertad

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A few blocks directly west of Plaza de la Vigía is Parque Libertad, the anchor of Matanzas' cultural life and home to several of the city's most…

2. Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo

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Standing back from the disorganized melee of Calle 83 behind shady Plaza de la Iglesia is Matanzas' main church, a neoclassical structure with two unequal…

3. Museo Farmaceútico

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Museo Farmaceútico is one of Matanzas' showcase sights. Founded in 1882 by the Triolett family, the pharmacy was the first of its type in Latin America…

4. Taller-Galería Lolo

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Imagine. You're tramping through Matanzas' tatty streets wondering whether the 'Athens of Cuba' moniker is just a local joke when you stumble upon this…

5. Galería-Taller El Garabato

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The workspace and gallery of local painter Adrián Socorro is fortuitously located next to Taller-Galería Lolo, inviting you to witness a double-whammy of…

6. Palacio de Justicia

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This is one of several impressive constructions on the Plaza de la Vigía opposite the Teatro Sauto, first erected in 1826 and rebuilt between 1908 and…

7. Museo Palacio de Junco

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This double-arched edifice on the Plaza de la Vigía showcases the full sweep of Matanzas' history from pirate incursions to the cruel reign of slavery…

8. Plaza de la Vigía

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The original Plaza de Armas still remains as Plaza de la Vigía (literally 'lookout place'), a reference to the threat from piracy and smuggling that…