San Juan de Dios Square Squares, Camaguey. Cuba
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- Camaguey City. Cuba
- Destination: Camaguey
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San Juan de Dios Square
San Juan de Dios Square National Monument. It is the most perfect urban assemblage of colonial past colonial and the most singular square of the city. It is from the 18 century. There are several houses of a notable architectural value in the place together with San Juan de Dios Church, a building from 1728, with modifications from 1847. The temple has The Holy Trinity on its highest altar made of precious wood (1792) with an anthropomorphic representation of the Holy Spirit (one of the two that exist in Hispano-America).
Mapa de San Juan de Dios Square
San Juan de Dios Square is located in Camaguey
Camagüey is the birthplace of some of the most relevant personalities of Cuban Culture: Nicolás Guillén, Cuba's Laureate Poet; writer and poetess Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda; Ballet of Camagüey, the second company of Cuba, and the Folkloric Dance Group; famous painters Fidelio Ponce de León and Flora Fong are only some of the examples worth mentioning. Popular festivities like the San Juan Camagüeyano, a traditional festival that started in the 18th century, have transcended until our days.
Camagüey City, the capital of the province, treasures one of the most important historical centers in the country, recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO; and is one of the Cuban cities that better preserve the Hispano-Arabic features regarding urbanism and architecture. Its several churches have significant examples of the art and religious-funeral customs of colonial times.
Santa Lucía Beach, located in the northern coast of the easterncentral part of Cuba, is the main tourist destination in Camagüey province. It has some 21km of warm transparent water, fine white sand and a well preserved environment that serves as habitat to important pink flamingos' colonies. It faces the Old Channel of Bahamas, surrounded to the east by Las Tunas province; to the west by the Jardines del Rey archipelago and to the south by the flat lands of Camagüey. The coral formations, located just 2km off the coast, display a surprising biodiversity that invite to contemplate the undersea beauties. There are 35 diving points at Santa Lucía Beach that allow divers meeting with the remains of sunken ships from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as enjoying a curious show in which experienced guides feed with their bare hands friendly sharks near the Nuevitas Bay.
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“Plaza San Juan de Dios worth the stop! ”
One of the eight or nine principal plazas in this city! All well within a walking distance from each other, if you have a day or two. You can of course hire a bicycle taxi. You do not have to try very hard to find one. They will find you. If you visit during a rain storm, as I did,... More
“Toured the town by rickshaw ”
Arrived at this wonderful Plaza ,through the maze of streets ,some very narrow .I think we would have got lost .Quieter than some of the other Plazas ,but still lots to see large church and other buildings some be ending used as restaurants ,others as Art galleries .
“Beautiful Mexican style square ”
Camagüey is a total maze of Streets. There are few straight ones and it is complicated to find the right ones. Nonetheless a city walk is pleasant and should include this lovely square. To me it had a distinct Mexican feel to it and was totally different from the other squares in town.
“Nice church in a beautiful square. ”
Arguably the most photogenic church and square in Camaguey, features a nice wooden ceiling and excellent view from the church tower.
“Great place, mising animation ”
Plaza San Juan de Dios is like going back in time, but although you will find several restaurants (1800 is the best among them) the animation is still missing at least during day time..
“A lively plaza ”
Plaza San Juan is a lively place with good restaurants, classic cars waiting for customers and kids playing soccer.
beautiful and sweet, very calm, visited early morning so it was peacefull and quiet; nicely refubrished, very picturesque
“One of the most scenic part of Camagüey, still retaining its original colonial character ”
Also called Plaza del Padre Olallo, to commemorate a priest José Olallo y Valdés (1820 ? 1889) who used to care for the poor of the city of Camagüey. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI and the beatification ceremony took place in Camagüey, presided by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins; the President of Cuba, Raul Castro, attended the ceremony as... More
“lots of art galleries nearby. ”
The Plaza has a church, a museum, and lots of really nice art galleries in the immediate area. What is nice is these are Cuban artists, working in their shop. You don't have to look and wonder if these are shipped in from china, you can see the artist working in wood, leather, painting, .... We bought a leather mask... More
“Lovely square in very carribean style. ”
It is a very picturesque square in the heart of the old, colonial Camaguey. Very nice church, and colourful buildings around. For some reason I found this square very stylish and very carribean, it is my favourite Camaguey square. Another advantage: if you are hungry, you will find there really good restaurants (we recommend Restaurante 1800, just on the corner).... More
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