The “Santísisma Trinidad” village in Cuba, one of the seven first settlements founded by the Spaniards on the Cuban archipelago, stands out for its patrimonial values and its rich architecture, attracting foreign tourists by droves.
Also known as “Cuba’s Museum Town”, Trinidad has been relying on its 506 years of life to become one of the few and privileged colonial spots in the island, thanks to its condition as one of the most complete and well preserved architectures of the Americas.
Located on the banks of the Guaurabo River, where the Spaniards once enslaved the local aboriginal population, this city later served as a springboard for conquistadores to jump to new lands.
Nowadays, the place has become a “must see” in the central Province of Sancti Spíritus, while receiving world accolades for hosting such historical treasures as “El Valle de los Ingenios” and being honored as Cultural World Heritage Site.
The old estates and machinery still making up “El Valle…” stand as silent witnesses to the high degree of development reached by colonial Cuba’s sugar industry, adding to the view of rich mansions and black slaves' barracks.
Trinidad’s historical quarter is a motley of different architectural styles dating back to the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, where narrow paving stone streets meander around houses built on precious woods, intricate blacksmith’s works and decorated walls.
At Major Square stands a statue of the goddess of Dance and Music Terpsicore, close to the Santísima Trinidad Church, which still stores up highly valuable religious pieces.
Adding to the local beauty are the Santa Ana and Las Tres Cruces squares, The San Francisco Bell Tower and a number of mansions, all of which are well preserved with resources timely allocated by the local authorities.
One of the most attractive houses is the once residence of Count Brunet - cum Romantic Museum - , whose first owner built a theater after his name and helped start the town’s first railroad, which would run from Trinidad to the Port of Casilda.
Handicrafts abound in Trinidad, from earthenware to knitting, and are a very much appreciated cultural souvenir to take back home.
Accordingly, the World Handicrafts Council has declared Trinidad a Handicraft City, while UNESCO enlisted it as “Creative City in Handicrafts and Folk Arts”.
Stretching out just a few kilometers from the village are the fine sands of Playa Ancón, soaked by the warm and peaceful waters of the Caribbean Sea, a paradise like place that lures visitors into all kinds of nautical endeavors.