Historic Center of Cienfuegos

Historic Center of Cienfuegos

The Historic Centre of Cienfuegos is located in the city of Cienfuegos and cover the small area of the downtown area of the city. Its historical importance was recognized by UNESCO in 2005 when it was declared a World Heritage Site. The epic Cathedral of Cienfuegos and miniature Arch of Triumph give visitors some idea just how much money was flowing through Cienfuegos in the 18 and 19th centuries, either due to the sugar trade, slave trade or both.

The Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos covering 97 hectares is also a significant accomplishment for the city and it too was declared National Monument on October 20, 1989.

Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos

The Reina Cemetery is an exceptional illustration of its type, and its architecture is perfectly featured within the widespread neoclassical buildings constructed in the city. Is the only Cemetery in Cuba that retains its permanence for local burials.

Reina Cemetery Cienfuegos

Another amazing structure is the Fortress of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua which is located at the entrance of the city’s Bay called “Jagua”. Intentionally located at the entrance to the Port of Cienfuegos to protect the city from pirates, this castle was built in the 18th century around 1745 to defend Cienfuegos from the military assaults, pirates and buccaneers. Another smaller but also interesting sight is the Tomás Acea Cemetery. For those wandering around the city, the park dedicated to “José Martí” will certainly be either your starting point or the base of your general exploration. Finally, we cannot leave Cienfuegos without mentioning the still active Theatre Tomas Terry or the equally important University of Cienfuegos.

Fortress of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua

Cienfuegos Cuba is by far one of the least recognized epicenters of architecture and history in Cuba and should be included on any visit to the island, even if you spend one day, you will not be disappointed.