Friday, July 29, 2011

Cuba - Day 3 - 5th stop continue..

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Cuba Day 3 - Camaguey Colonial (City).

Camagüey.
Camagüey is a city and municipality in central Cuba and is the nation's third largest city. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province. After almost continuous attacks from pirates the original city (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515 on the northern coast) was moved inland in 1528. The new city was built with a confusing lay-out of winding alleys that made it easier to defend it from any raiders. There are many blind alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. There is only one exit from the city; should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, the hope was that the local inhabitants would be able to entrap and kill them.
In July 2008, the old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Source.

Price - 46(adult), 26(child) in CUBA peso.  Hours - 8.00am to 5.30pm.






5th stop continue..
From Parque Ignacio Agramonte Park, our tour guide took us here. The famous art store in Camaguey City.


 Interesting art.


She really liked riding the horse.


We end up buying this. With the artist signature on the back .


Thank god our tour guide took us here for cold drink. Coz, it was super duper hot that day.


Great Entertainment.


Thirsty boy.


Enjoying the Entertainment.


Our tour end up here. Good bye Camaguey City.


On the way to our suite. Wow!! Lots of people at the pool!.


Relaxing.


My little darling.


Supper time. Hey! where everybody go?.


It a routine for us to get a drink after supper at the bar.


Curious girl.


You can have all this anytime you want!. It's free.


Kids entertainment.


Night Entertainment. Traditions dance.






Great entertainment.




To be continue...


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cuba - Day 3 - 5th stop - Parque Ignacio Agramonte Park (Camaguey City).

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Cuba Day 3 - Camaguey Colonial (City).

Camagüey.
Camagüey is a city and municipality in central Cuba and is the nation's third largest city. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province. After almost continuous attacks from pirates the original city (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515 on the northern coast) was moved inland in 1528. The new city was built with a confusing lay-out of winding alleys that made it easier to defend it from any raiders. There are many blind alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. There is only one exit from the city; should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, the hope was that the local inhabitants would be able to entrap and kill them.
In July 2008, the old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Source.

Price - 46(adult), 26(child) in CUBA peso.  Hours - 8.00am to 5.30pm.





5th stop - Parque Ignacio Agramonte Park (Camaguey City).
According to the tour guide this is the new shopping plaza in this city. So, kira fancy lah gitu.


It's time for us to be independent. It's funny when the tour guide left, everybody just stand there don't now what/where to go till we start working hehe.


We end up buying this.


See how happy AB was.


American Classic Car in CUBA.


Busy street.


Colorful buildings in Camaguey City.


Three-seater bike transportation.

 
This is the place we waiting for the tour guide after looking/shopping around down town.


The Friendly Local.


The Parque Ignacio Agramonte is the central square in Camaguey. To him are many important buildings like the Palacio Collade, the Cathedral, the Biblioteca Julio Antonio Mella and the Casa de la Trova Patricio Ballagas. The Parque Ignacio Agramonte is the former Plaza de Armas. In the center of the square stands an equestrian statue of Cuban independence fighter Agramonte. It dates from 1912 and comes from the Italian artist Salvatore Boemi. It was inaugurated by Agramonte wife Amalia Simoni. At the four corners of the square, large palm trees. They commemorate a group of nationalists, who in this place on 24 February 1851 were executed. As the Spaniards prohibited monuments to the Nationalists, were in Cuba Königsplamen often planted as a symbolic monuments to the heroes of the independence wars. Source.


The great cathedral of Camagüey is the patron saint of the doomed city. Designed and built by Manuel Saldana, she was at the beginning of the 18th Century. 1777 she got a bell tower, however, collapsed after just one month back. The Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria was repeatedly rebuilt and renovated. The present structure dates from 1864. The cathedral has a monumental facade. This is topped by a pediment. On the six-story tower topped by a large statue of Christ. Source.


Interesting.


Now you know the history of the Parque Ignacio Agramonte Park.


To be continue...


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cuba - Day 3 - 4th stop - Plaza del Carmen, an architectural jewel of Camagüey.

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Cuba Day 3 - Camaguey Colonial (City).

Camagüey.
Camagüey is a city and municipality in central Cuba and is the nation's third largest city. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province. After almost continuous attacks from pirates the original city (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515 on the northern coast) was moved inland in 1528. The new city was built with a confusing lay-out of winding alleys that made it easier to defend it from any raiders. There are many blind alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. There is only one exit from the city; should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, the hope was that the local inhabitants would be able to entrap and kill them.
In July 2008, the old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Source.

Price - 46(adult), 26(child) in CUBA peso.  Hours - 8.00am to 5.30pm.




4th stop - Plaza del Carmen, an architectural jewel of Camagüey.
Camagüey City, Cuba (PL) Right at the historical center of this Cuban city, declared World Heritage Site last year, rests one of its most colorful places: the Plaza del Carmen, erected during the first decades of the 19th Century.

Its characteristic shape as well as the heterogeneous population that lives within its limits provides the Plaza with a singular charm.

Eventually, it has become into a recreational place for those who get there, from every place of the world, to get acquainted with a tradition-full environment.

Plaza del Carmen is currently a relevant architectonical gathering for the earlier Spanish settlement, founded in 1514; and it is also regarded as an important popular culture center.

The ambient is characterized by irregular patios and simple façades, even in those houses where the original front doors have been modified.

The Afro-Cuban folklore is very distinctive in this zone since, besides the presence of some African-origin councils, it was the place where many poor blacks and mulatos used to live. Source.


The locals.


The oldest women selling handmade dolls to the tourists.


More local people.


From the Plazuela del Pozo de Gracia (18th Century) also known as Plazoleta de Bedoya, you can see the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Temple.

The Franciscan father Valencia supported the edification of both the church (an authentic architectural jewel finished in 1825, the only temple showing two towers in town) as well as the woman’s hospital (1823).

The Monastery is also part of the ensemble, it was the place where teaching intended for women was first established in town, back in 1829, after a religious order was passed in 1817.

The old house is a characteristic example of the conservation of the spirit of the 19th Century in this part of Cuba.

There are thick pillars, stained glasses, arches and Spanish doors in the beautiful interior patio combined with an Eclectic Style façade, marked by Neo-Gothic shield-shaped arches.

Many insiders affirm that the constructive culture on the inhabitants of Camagüey reached its higher point with this architectonical aggregate, considered nowadays one of the most important ones in town.

After a complete refurbishing initiated in 1997, it became the headquarters of the Office of the Historian of Camagüey City, known as OHCC. Source.
Besides collaborating with the preservation of the architectural patrimony, the OHCC has an extraordinary positive influence on the social environment of the Plaza, which has been turned into a socio-cultural show.

A beautiful gathering of sculptures designed by famous Cuban artist Martha Jiménez recreates some of the characters who lived in the urban space not long ago.

One of them, Gerardo García Prado (Matao), who modeled for the sculpture “Waterman” still enjoys telling the tourists stories from the community and the city, which celebrates the first anniversary of the Declaration as World Heritage Site.

Curious lens often cannot avoid taking pictures of the fabulous works devoted to “The newspaper reader”, “The gossipers” and “The couple in love” which take people back in time to old days in the city.

El Carmen has also become a perfect stage for music concerts, Arts expositions as well as cultural events.

It is very common to see brides and grooms as well as 15 years old girls taking their pictures there during their party ceremonies.

Nearby is the Callejón de Tula Oms; also called Misery Alley since it is only 8m large and 2m wide.

El Carmen and the people who live there are the heirs of the rich Spanish and Republican patrimony of a city always willing to narrate or repeat legends, legends that continue increasing every day. Source.
The Waterman.


The newspaper reader.


The gossipers.


The couple in love.


The lazy boy.


Half way up the street is this restaurant. We stop here for lunch





Everybody hungry.


The foods was excellent.


AB sharing her bread with her brother. Yes, that's how sprite tin looks like in CUBA.


Catholic church.
To be continue...


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