The history of Cienfuegos

The history of Cienfuegos

They say that the city of Cienfuegos seems to be the output of a novel period, since all its buildings look like a real postcard of the 19th century. Well, it is beautiful yes, and it has 190 years of history since it rose as a colony on April 22, 1819 and was able to receive many French families in the years after who came from cities like New Orleans, Philadelphia and Baltimore in the neighboring continent.

The city grew from the design of a single block and still today can be seen the exact point where the city began because there is a rosette that evokes it in the José Martí Park, the main park of Cienfuegos, the only city in all of Cuba founded for Gauls. Its first name was Fernandina de Jagua in honor of King Ferdinand VII and ten years later, when declaring itself a village, it changed to Cienfuegos as a tribute to Don José Cienfuegos, the island’s general captain.

Cienfuegos has been a city since 1880 and is a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO. Its buildings are eclectic in style and there are many Art-Deco styles as well. We see it in the Paseo del Prado, the Boulevard, the Tomás Acea Cemetery, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Necropolis of the Queen, the Tomás Terry Theater or the protective fortress at the entrance to the bay, the Castillo de Jagua, dating from 1745.

With almost 2 centuries of life, you have to know Cienfuegos if you go to Cuba on vacation.

Michael Bach
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