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    Museo Romantico

    by elsadran Updated Jun 16, 2015

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    The Romantic Museum is the big building next to the Cathedral, on Plaza Mayor.
    It was built by the wealthy Borrell family in 1740. The second floor was added many years later.
    Nowadays it is a museum exhibiting items belonging to the Borrell family.
    It has a beautiful courtyard in the ground floor and still keeps its original marble floor, its original frescoes and kitchen tiles.

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    Ancon beach

    by elsadran Updated Jun 16, 2015

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    Ancon is one of the best beaches, but it is occupied by upmarket hotels. The day we visited it, the water was excellent. As there were not many trees where the bus left us we had to rent a deck chair (2cucs) and we enjoyed the swimming. As it was a Sunday, soon many locals arrived who filled the air with their loud presence. But anyway, we enjoyed the fine water and the amazing sunset.
    To reach Ancon Beach you can catch the cheap local bus starting outside Havana Tours and the timetable is pinned on the wall.
    This local bus costs 2cucs return. There are 4 buses a day and the last one returns from the beach at 6.00 pm. A taxi will take you 12cucs for both ways. The first stop is Boca beach.

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    Iglesia Parroquial de la Santissima

    by elsadran Updated Jun 16, 2015

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    On a Sunday morning, as I was passing by the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santissima - Trinidad ( Church of the Holy Trinity), I heard the harmonious chanting of the people attending the Mass. I entered the church and stayed for a while to absorb the melodious atmosphere.
    Its simple neoclassical facade often appears in photos of Trinidad. In the interior it looks larger and more grandiose.
    The 18th-century wooden statue of Christ, "The Lord of the True Cross" is much revered by the local population. Especially because it was brought in the city by a strange chance of destiny. The ship carrying it to Veracruz was deviated by bad weather and finally had to leave the cross in Trinidad.
    There is also a large altar dedicated to Nuestra Senora de la Piedad (Our Lady of Mercy).
    Your best chance of grasping its charm is during Mass time at 8pm on weekdays, 4pm on Saturday, and 9am and 5pm on Sunday.

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    Galeria de Arte

    by elsadran Written Jun 16, 2015

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    A fine colonial mansion on the southeastern side of Plaza Mayor houses this Art Gallery.
    The gallery embraces photography, sculpture,ceramic art as well as any local artistic creation.

    The beautiful building belonged to Benito Ortiz family in the 19th century.

    When I visited there was a photo exhibition of Alejandro Bastida who had created an imaginative photographic collection of a sculpture made by Iram Homenez resembling a huge bone. Another room contains various artistic items.

    On the first floor paintings of local artists are exhibited exploding with color and imagination.

    Admission is free.

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    Templo Yemalla

    by elsadran Written Jun 16, 2015

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    Yemayá is the goddess of the seas. Her color is blue. She is considered as one of the most powerful goddesses in the religion of Santeria. Originally she was a river goddess from Nigeria who was traveled across the oceans when her people were enslaved and she became the goddess of the oceans. Entering the temple you can see her idol in a corner, dressed in blue dresses and holding a baby in her arms, resembling Holy Mary.
    The priest told me that about one third of the Cuban population exercise this religion that has its origins in their African ancestors who came to Cuba as slaves. Initially they preyed secretly as it was strictly forbidden by their masters but nowadays of course they are free to prey and follow all the rituals of their religion.

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    Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra los Bandidos

    by elsadran Written Jun 16, 2015

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    This is the most photographed building in Trinidad... You can even see it in many paintings in the interior of houses. Initially the convent of San Francisco de Asís, it has been turned to a museum in 1984, with exhibits telling the story of the struggle against the various counterrevolutionary bands fighting against the revolution. There are photos, arms and items of the battles. The fuselage of a US plane shot down is also exhibited. In the yard there is an army truck used by the rebels.
    Climbing the tower I started taking photos at every step as the views of the city, the surrounding mountains and the beach in the background were amazing. I especially liked the red tiled roofs of the houses with the cobbled streets forming erratic lines between the houses.
    It is commonly called Tower Museum (Museo de la Torre)
    Entrance 1 cuc

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    Museo de Arquitectura Colonial

    by elsadran Written Jun 16, 2015

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    An 18th c. beautiful colonial building, initially a private residence, houses this museum in Plaza Mayor.
    It depicts the architectural history of the city, with a special emphasis on the Colonial period. The exhibits point out architectural details of doors and windows. There are also drawings of the life of slaves in old time Trinidad. There is even an example of a shower of colonial times and an old post box.
    A whole room is furnished with original items of the colonial period. In the back there is a nice yard with a lot of pots and plants.
    Entry is 1 cuc, and 1 more cuc for taking photos.

    Located on Plaza Mayor

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    Centro histórico de Trinidad Map - Satellite - Hyb

    by draguza Written May 9, 2013

    When the sugar mills of the Valle de Los Ingenios ceased producing profits in the mid 19th century, Trinidad became an dark provincial town. Its inhabitants had no choice but to keep, their sumptuous belongings, including wooden balustrades, stylish furniture and the elegant architecture of their homes. Touring the city today is a journey back on 19th century paved cobble stone streets to glimpse the physiognomy from the 18th century in its buildings. Restoration work has further pronounced this time warp by repairing the murals, which embellished palaces and mansions.

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    Museo Nacional de la Lucha contra Bandidos

    by draguza Written May 9, 2013

    This museum is located in the former convent and church of San Francisco de Asís, built in 1770 and finished in 1913. During the first decades of the 20th century it was demolished and only its tower remained. It was later rebuilt as it appears today. In 1986 the convent became the "Museum of the Struggle against Bandits". Documents, photos, maps, weapons and belongings of the main participants in these battles are exhibited here

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    Take the train!

    by JessieLang Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    There is an old steam train to Ignaza that leaves about 9 a.m. (when it runs.) It used to haul sugar cane to market, but now it is just a tourist train. They have to start up the boilers about 4 a.m. to get it ready for the morning trip. Our guide said it was running the day we went, but when we got to the train station, it had broken down and we had a regular engine for our one-hour trip.

    We didn't have a steam engine in front, but it was still quite an adventure. The seats in the passenger compartment were closely packed rows of folding chairs! Some of us near the front of the car got to sit in the engineer’s chair for a picture before we departed.

    We saw a few small villages and passed some cleared fields, but in many places the vegetation was so thick it looked like a jungle. We also saw quite a few vultures flying overhead.

    You purchase a ticket at the train station and then wait on the platform. When the train comes, jump on and grab the folding chair of your choice. It will probably be crowded, and seats aren't reserved.

    Note: we were on a tour and our bus picked us up in Ignaza, so I don't know the return time of the train.

    The Seating on the train Trinidad train station Playing engineer
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    Parque Central

    by JessieLang Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    The Parque Central has the hotel on one side, the church opposite, and the city hall on the third side. The remaining side has a row of small shops.

    This is my idea of a nice city park! Shade, benches, roller-skating children, and even a pushcart. I enjoyed sitting on a bench and watching it all. On the side of the park by the little church, a guy with a pushcart was selling pork sandwiches (with a side of flies), and men were sitting in front of the shops playing musical instruments

    You may even encounter nice old man named Luis who wants to know where you are from. He isn't selling anything--he is interested in geography! When we gave him our home states, he whipped out a notebook (one of many in his dufflebag) and told us everything he knew about it He wanted to know whatever we could tell him, but my poor Spanish wasn't up to more than basic information. Chance encounters like this are a lot of fun, and hanging around the park makes them possible.

    Parque Central Skating in the park Pork at the Park
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    Holy Trinity Cathedral

    by JessieLang Written Dec 30, 2011

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    The Holy Trinity Cathedral, constructed in the 19th Century, is the largest church in Cuba. The interior is very beautiful--There are 14 altars, and Stations of the Cross at intervals around the room.

    A 1713 statue of Christ in one of the altars was intended for a church in Mexico, but each time they tried to ship it from its stopover in Cuba, a bad storm prevented it. After several tries, they decided He wanted to stay here so they kept the statue.

    Holy Trinity Cathedral Main altar Side altar Side Altar A Station of the cross
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    Casa Templo de Santería Yemayá

    by Meghan1 Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    This "museum" contains a Santería altar to Yemayá, Goddess of the Sea along with offerings of fruit, water etc.. Supposedly the house is presided over by santeros (Santería priests). However, I didn't see any while I was there. Perhaps they were on their lunch break. :-)

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    Great Little Photo Exhibit...Casa de Aldemán Ortiz

    by Greggor58 Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    We...an acquaintance [made during the tour] stumbled across this photo exhibit in a building at the foot of the Plaza Major in a yellow building that was originally the House of Mayor Ortiz (Casa de Aldemán Ortiz)...This building was built in 1809 by Ortiz de Zúníga, who at one time became Mayor of Trinidad. The house shows many of the typical features of Trinidadian houses, especially the large entrance door with two smaller doors cut into it, the barrotes covering the large windows and a terracotta tiled roof with large wooden supports. What attracted me to the building was the brilliant yellow color of the building and once I ventured inside I couldn't help but notice the doorways...JUST what I LOVE...old and somewhat textured with slightly peeling paint..if you've looked at any of my pages form Northern Italy and Innsbruck you might know that I have a thing for OLD and cultured doorways...

    Anyhow what Julie and I discovered was a great little photo exhibit of Cuban faces and people...photographed by a Canadian Photographer from Montreal named Richard...his photos line the walls of this rather large room with beautiful high ceilings..

    As our time at this point was REALLLLY rushed....we didn't ...couldn't miss our bus departure...we managed a quick look around...and were off to meet the bus!!

    Check this out though if and when you're in town wandering about...

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    Mass

    by xaver Written May 30, 2008

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    One more tip that may surprise people that know me.
    If you have the chance to have a walk around Trinidad on a sunday morning, try to look for a church or, even better, follow the direction of the music.We could not understand why and where so many people were singing untill we arrived in front of a church, we entered and saw lots of people enjoying their religious celebration singing and clapping their hands, very different from the boring italian celebration.

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