Tinajon de Camaguey Legend, Camaguey. Cuba
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"There are no to many tanks, water is collected in beautiful jars (...), placed in the yards, for its size 4 or 6 of them will contain all the water of a well" . So described the havanan man Antonio Bachiller y Morales the typical Camagüey Jars when in 1838 he visited the city of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe.
The Tinajón (jar) is the Camagüey symbol par excellence. Thus, Camagüey is known in Cuba as the "city of Tinajones (Jars)". Although the Tinajones (jars) are produced massively in our region since the 17th century, are not unique. They were also made elsewhere in Cuba, Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad, West Indies, Jamaica, and even in South America, Chile and Peru.
The red clay of the Sierra de Cubitas began manufacturing Tinajones since 1600, according to news, despite the fact that today there is no tinajón registered with that date. The oldest dates from 1760. Its production had the highest peak in the central decades of the 19th century. Beginning in 1868, with the start of the independence fights, was almost canceled. It was only restored between 1878 and 1895, then stopped completely. All of the Camagüey homes had at least one tinajón.
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Tinajon de Camaguey Legend 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.