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At the entrance of Morón, in province Ciego de Ávila, a slender rooster ready to fight greets the visitor. The monument, sculpted in bronze, has become an unmistakable symbol of the region and a place of reference for locals and foreign visitors.

The legend of the Rooster dates back to the early 16th century in the area of Morón de la Frontera, now the province of Sevilla. The story tells that in the year 1500 came to the region a braggart and bully judge who presumed to be the only rooster that sang in the terroir. Tired of their abuses, the Moronians confronted him, stripping him and beating him on the outskirts of town.

This episode gave rise to a well-known poem: “Come on, you’re staying/ Like the rooster of Morón/ without feathers and cackling/on the best occasion”. Some time later, the Andalusians remembered the event by erecting a monument to a plucked rooster on Paseo de la Peña, as a badge of rebellion in that town.

The tradition comes to Cuba in the eighteenth century, to the area of Morón, in the center of the island, territory with a strong population nucleus of Spanish origin. The bird quickly became a symbol of the municipality, and today is known as the “land of the rooster.”

In the mid-1950s, arises the idea of erecting a monument, which remained in the square of the town until 1960. Twenty years later, the symbol was placed on its pedestal again, this time with a bronze sculpture of three meters high, made by Rita Longa and Armando Alonso. The Cuban rooster, unlike its Andalusian predecessor, was represented with all its plumage.

Next to the monument there is a clock tower and amplification equipment that reproduce the song of the bird, three times every six hours, greeting the settlers and travelers who arrive to the city.

In Morón, the visitor will also be able to know the Laguna de la Leche, the largest natural reservoir in the country and seat every year of the water carnival; The island of Turiguano, belonging to the archipelago “Jardines del Rey”; And the cays Coco and Guillermo, true jewels of Cuban nature.

For visit: Moron town, Ciego de Avila (“22.10711, -78.6276). Free access daily.

by: Victor Manuel Blanco