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Trinidad - interesting places to visit.

Trinidad - interesting places to visit.

Trinidad - interesting places to visit.


Trinidad is one of the first seven villages founded in th 16th century by the Spaniards in Cuba. It greatly developed during the 18th century due to the sugar industry. But when this source of wealth decayed in the middle of the 19th century, the town and the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills were frozen in time. Far from the rest of the Island, between the sea and the mountains, Trinidad has preserved a refined vernacular complex of

A corner of Trinidad village

buildings and a peculiar urban structure with narrow pebbled streets and gracious plazas.

The historic sector of Trinidad is perhaps one of the best preserved in Latin America. Due to its outstanding values and high level of preservation, it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1988.

While many of the old palaces and houses have been restored and are now occupied by cultural or tourism facilities, a large amount of families still enjoy living their own traditional houses.

The Valley of Sugar Mills or Valle de los Ingenios.

The Valley of the Sugar Mills in Trinidad, also inscribed in the World Heritage list together with Trinidad, owes its name to the many sugar plantations there located in the 19th century. Currently some of these plantations, like the Manacas Iznaga or Guaimaro, have been preserved while others are archaeological sites. An intangible patrimony of songs, dances and legends realted to the times of slavery has also

persisted In the Manacas-

Iznaga Plantation, a watch tower has turned into a symbol. A typical Cuban restaurant has been installed in the Plantation House. In the surroundings, craftspeople make their lives selling handmade table cloths and clothes.

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