Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos

Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos

The Valle Palace is located in the Punta Gorda area of Cienfuegos, just a few minutes outside the downtown area. Easily one of the true architectural jewels of Cienfuegos it displays a myriad of influences from Gothic to Romanesque, Baroque to Italianate tendencies, and all mish massed into one building. From all angles the building is truly breathtaking. Today the Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos is used for cultural events. It also features a rather good seafood restaurant with a bar. It is also home to the National Heritage Memorial in Cienfuegos.

Construction of Palacio de Valle began in 1913 and the work was entrusted to Italian architect Alfredo Colli. It was completed just 4 years later in 1917 and took the accolade as one of Cuba’s most expensive buildings projects of the century.

Wood carver Antonio Barcenas from Spain made the gateway to the while the painter Miguel Lamoglia painted the beautiful crystals of Carrara marble staircase.

In the interior decorations of the building, the nationality of the artisans is clearly shown based upon messages left in their individual works all in each person mother tongue, giving us an idea where they ultimately originated, involved in. One of which is; “Lag log ila illegible,” an excerpt from the Koran which means “Only God is God”

The Valle Palace or Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos in Spanish, is one of the true architectural marvels of the city and should not be missed at any cost.