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Cuba: The Wealth of Heritage
Date: AUG 03, 2020
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Cuba, full of natural attractions for tourists, especially sun and beach options, benefits from the wealth of its heritage and an extensive history.

The country's historic and cultural assets, accumulated since the discovery of the archipelago by the Spaniards, are subject to conservation programs.

Additionally, this activity is based on an extensive infrastructure of museums, with nearly 290 facilities, including 14 that are classified as art museums, seven on science and technology, five on ethnography and anthropology, and 68 on history.

Nine other museums are specialized, while 164 are general and four are specialized in archeology, together with those dedicated to typical elements of the country such as the museums of Rum and Tobacco.

Of particular interest are the traditions and evolutions of coins in the archipelago, through more than 100,000 pieces that currently appear among the collections of the Numismatic Museum in Havana.

Memories also have their space in the Museum of Colonial Art, in Cathedral Square - one of the best preserved in Havana's historic heart - and built in 1720 in the stately style of the 18th century.

One of the giants of this extensive infrastructure is the National Museum of Fine Arts, created in 1913 and which had its own headquarters since 1954 when the building known since then as the Palace of Fine Arts was built.

Some 47,600 works make up the precious treasure of the center, 45,000 of them are classified as national heritage and over 2,000 are preserved in deposit, which support the institution's work.

At the same time, in Cuba's westernmost province, Pinar del Río, the museum dedicated to Natural Sciences was named after Tranquilino Sandalio de Noda, with the fossil remains of the plesiosaurus, a huge marine animal that had its habitat in the waters that millions of years ago covered the area that Pinar del Río occupies today.

Meanwhile, on the route to the east, Camagüey emerges strongly, where the Office of the Historian promotes the city founded in 1514, among the main tourist destinations in the country, and visitors can enjoy the railway heritage. Tours and visits show two of the oldest locomotives in the country, which were manufactured in 1882 and 1890.

Also called "the city of the earthenware jars", it has as a peculiar element those enormous clay containers, used centuries ago to store rainwater for human consumption and which now decorate gardens and parks.

Camagüey continues to be a city with one-tower temples, façades with pilasters, windows with artistic railings, houses with internal portals and red tile roofs, signs of sober and striking architecture, all located in a true labyrinth of alleys.



Church of Our Lady of Las Mercedes
Agramonte Park
Santa Lucía Beach
Camagüey. Patio with "tinajones" (large earthenware jars)
Castle of the Royal Force
View of the Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro from Havana`s Malecón
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Church of Our Lady of Las Mercedes

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Church of Our Lady of Las Mercedes Agramonte Park Santa Lucía Beach Camagüey. Patio with "tinajones" (large earthenware jars) Castle of the Royal Force View of the Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro from Havana`s Malecón Center for the Development of Visual Arts View of El Morro from the Prado Promenade.
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