Taller-Galería Lolo

Top choice in Matanzas

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 industrious artist's collective down by the river, guarded by epic surreal sculptures seemingly made out of bits of a salvaged ship. Inside you plunge, for plenty more artistic apparitions from the cutting edge of Matanzas' cultural custodians.

Lolo is Osmany Betancourt Falcon who, with his sharp-witted, mysterious, sometimes disquieting art, is putting Matanzas back where it should be – alongside Havana on the cultural map.

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1. 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…

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. Palacio de Gobierno

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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…

5. 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…

6. Che Mural

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An eye-catching Che Mural – a copy in mosaic of Alberto Korda's famous 1960 photo – lies to the south of Puente Calixto García.

7. 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…

8. Puente Calixto García

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If you've only got time to see one bridge (there are 21 in total) in Cuba's celebrated 'city of bridges,' gravitate toward this impressive steel structure…