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Parque Cespedes

This square is known as Parque Cespede.This is a good place to start your walk around the old part of Santiago.The attractive square with its gas lanterns,tall trees and iron benches is a nice place to sit and watch the Cuban folk going about their daily life.

It was from the balcony of the City Hall on Parque Cespedes that Fidel Castro gave his victory speech on the 1st January 1959.

Warning - While i was sat in the town square i was approached several times by people requesting money.

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Feb 25, 2015

Explore the Square and Surroundings

The park square is surrounded by the Town Hall, the Catedral de la Asuncion, and the Hotel Casa Granda. The rooftop patio of the hotel offers beautiful views of the surroundings, as well as a bar. The streets leading away from the park house many shops, restaurants, etc. to explore. In the park itself there are benches to rest on and there will likely be local musicians playing.

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Aug 01, 2006

Museo de Arte Colonial

A museum to be visited once you are at the central of Santiago . Next to political discussion on the famous square - next to the Music temples in the Calle Heredia - enjoy the furniture of the Spanish period - the house of Diego - the conqueror of Cuba after CC discovered this island

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Feb 25, 2004

Museo de arte colonial

The house of aristocrats - habitant Diego Velaquez - conqueror of Cuba
NW of this famous and central park.
The wooden balconery is impressive and the inside of the museo will show you many furniture of the 16th century.
In the early 16 century the basic floor was used to melt gold - before shipping it to Spain. (Pic by J@C)

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Feb 25, 2004
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Cathedral de la Asuncion

A topic to visit - not only the Cathedral itself but there is also a museum inside named "Museo Ecleslastico" which has on display frescoes of the domenican friar Desangles.
We visited this famous square during X-mas time - talking with locals - visiting the famous "Trova" twice - having a cocktail and evening show in the hotel "Casa Granda"
An evening never to forget !

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Jan 16, 2004

Parque Céspedes

Town Hall and symbol of the city was build in 1950.I was from this Hall that Fidel Castro made it's first speech to the people.
On jan 01/2004 he did it again - but we were to early (haha)

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Jan 07, 2004

The Square

Simple the Square in Santiago. Why?
1. Catedral de Santa Ifigenia
2. Hotel Casa Granda
3. Casa de Velazquez
4. Moving
5. People

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Apr 24, 2007

Calle Heredia

Calle Heredia and the famous Casa de la Trova - and a view on the "Cathedral de la Asuncion" People say that the famous Diego Velazquez is buried beneath the building.This was never proofed.

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Jan 10, 2004

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Playing music

The central area of Santiago !
Parque Cespedes - the center and place of many political debats - forum of Fidel talking to the locals - long speeches - he was there on the first of january 2004

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Jan 06, 2004

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Street Scenes

The very center of the city is here in Plaza Céspedes, where is the cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. In front of the church is the Parque Céspedes a nice square with gardens where it's easy...
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