The House of Cultural Diversity, located in the city of Camagüey, shows its visitors the multicultural plurality and the architectural, patrimonial and cultural values of the legendary Puerto Príncipe.
Located in front of the former Arms Square, today Ignacio Agramonte Park, and surrounded by the houses of the most illustrious neighbors of the town, its beginnings go back to the XVII Century, standing out among its owners the cattle rancher Ramón Robirosa and his wife María Josefa Ojeda.
The embossed arabesques of the façade, the columns at the entrance and its four arches of half a point, attest to the eclecticism of the Camaguey construction, which became an authentic proof of the architectural rupture between the Island and the Spanish Metropolis.
At present, the building has four exhibition halls, where can be seen elements that survive in the everyday life of Camaguey: trades, music, dance and popular beliefs, resulting from different immigration.
It also has a conference room, a scientific and technical information room and an interior courtyard for the development of attractive cultural proposals for the public from Monday to Saturday.
It is located in a segment of the Historic Center of the city, declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. The Metropolitan Cathedral, the Heritage Interpretation Center, the House of Trova “Patricio Ballagas” and the Gastronomic complex “Café Ciudad” are part of its surroundings.
The House of Cultural Diversity of Camagüey, awarded with several national prizes of restoration, is a permanent invitation for locals and foreigners, representing an architectural jewel of the City of Tinajones.
- Photo 1: Current facade of the House of Cultural Diversity
- Photo 2: Cisneros Street, where the House of Cultural Diversity stands.
- Photo 3: Popular belief room
- Photo 4: Room of music and dance.
- Photo 5: The Metropolitan Cathedral and the Ignacio Agramonte Park are part of the House of Cultural Diversity.
- Photo 6: The Heritage Interpretation Center is part of the House of Cultural Diversity.
Text and photos: Indira López Karell