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City Hall of Santiago de Cuba Architecture, Santiago de Cuba. Cuba

The current building of the City Hall of Santiago de Cuba was inaugurated in 1950 under the direction of the teacher Francisco Prat Puig who adapted some old plans of the XVIII century destined to the Governor's Palace, which never saw the light of day.
The City HallThe City Hall

To this circumstance it owes himself the strong historicist air of the named City Hall of Santiago de Cuba, real symbol of the city for its elegance.

It was known by most of the Cubans because it was the place from where Fidel Castro spoke for the first time to the population, January 1 of 1959, Day of the Victory of the Revolution in Cuba, in a massive public act in that it’s confirmed the irreversible fact of the victory on the government of Fulgencio Batista.

This building, today, is the main place of the Popular Municipal Government.

In the concerning thing to the City Hall - as government's organ and administration -, this it was constituted in 1515 when founding the village of Santiago de Cuba, been founded by Governor Diego Velázquez. Here it’s placed his residence the same one Governor, as well as many personages and most famous captains arrived in Cuba.

This City Hall is considered as the first one in the history of Cuba and in fact the second of the whole America, it was and it is said that it consisted on a very humble built installation of guano.

The construction that would supervene later has in its main body a balcony that dominates the whole park and that it was the scenario from where Fidel Castro, previously said, proclaimed the victory of the Revolution.

It is from this place, where it is also awarded to the city of Santiago de Cuba, the Honorary Title of Hero City and the Order Antonio Maceo whose replicas can be observed in the facade of this historical place.

Mapa de City Hall of Santiago de Cuba

City Hall of Santiago de Cuba is located in Santiago de Cuba

It limits to the north with the province of Holguín; to the west with Granma; to the south with the Caribbean Sea, and to the east with the province of Guantánamo. The province covers a total area of 6 343 21 , Km². You can get here through Antonio Maceo International Airport, also by road from any other part of Cuba, or by sea ─in this last case, requesting the services from Punta Gorda Marina.

Two particular features characterizes Santiago de Cuba that make it exceptional: its hospitality, with people of happy and relaxed temperament and its rich historical-cultural wealth. Its Caribbean identity is evident in its popular music and in folklore manifestations. It depicts the title of Heroine City of the Republic of Cuba for the role carried out by its inhabitants in the revolutionary struggle during the decade of 1950. Privileged by its historical past, in Santiago de Cuba there are two of the Cuban places distinguished by UNESCO with the title of World Heritage: the San Pedro de la Roca Castle and the ruins of the first French coffee plantations in La Gran Piedra. The Santa Ifigenia cemetery , the 26 of July Historical Museum and the Siboney Farm, are places indissolubly linked to the history of Cuba.

Cayo Granma and Baconao Park (Biosphere Reserve) also part of the attractiveness of this region. As a tourist destination, Santiago de Cuba, combines excellent possibilities for the enjoyment of beaches, city and nature tourism for to the places of interest in those three scenarios.

For those who arrive in Santiago de Cuba, there are diverse lodging options in the city and in its surroundings, linked as much to the sea as to nature. With a variety of categories and levels of comfort, it will always be a guarantee for the visitors looking for harmony and soothing rest. There are other things, among so many, that make people from Santiago proud: to be the birthplace, par excellence, of almost all the musical genres of Cuba, a country where the music is soul and root; also, the carnivals that every month of July take place here, are the most spectacular in the country; as well as their rum, the well-known Fiestas del Fuego and the already traditional Festival of the Caribbean.

The region of Santiago de Cuba has the necessary infrastructure to encourage tourism of events and congresses; it also has in its mountainous and seafaring environment the conditions to develop nature and adventure tourism, trekking, nautical activities, and health tourism. But there is nothing better than walk its undulating and narrow streets loaded with history and music at the same time.

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The City Hall was built in 1950, after being designed from a native Indian archived style, and witnessed Fidel Castro's very first public speech after the overthrow of the dictator Batista. This famous speech was actually given from the central balcony to the Cuban people below on January 1st 1959.

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