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In the Historical Center of Cienfuegos, we find the Marti Park. Its construction ended in 1850 and it was used as old Arms Square (Plaza de Armas) and had several names. At the time of founding of the city of Cienfuegos, this area was the starting point for the first streets. For this and more reasons is one of the main symbols of the culture and identity of the entire province.

It is located in the San Fernando and San Carlos streets (54th and 56th avenues), between the Bouyón and Santa Isabel streets (25th and 29th). Since the 19th century, this place was already the main center of the city. Embellished by trees and shrubs, well paved and with benches to sit on. Numerous busts and sculptures adorn it. Over the years, it has become one of the most beautiful parks in the country. A must visit place in the city.

Among its main monuments are the two marble lions at the entrance of the park. They were the first sculptures, placed since the days of the colony. With the passage of the years, the Gazebo and the busts dedicated to outstanding figures of the local culture and history were added there. Another symbol of the park is the Arc of Triumph, symbol of work as a source of human happiness. Unique of its kind in Cuba, inspired by the Arc de Triumph in Paris. The statue of José Martí was added in 1906, in tribute to the Cuban National Hero.

Its great patrimonial values and its preservation deserved it the title of National Monument and to be declared Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO.

Around this central park, we find the main political, administrative and social buildings. In a 360-degree visit, we find the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in front of the park. Going forward, we find the old College of San Lorenzo, next to the Tomas Terry theater. At the other end is the Palace of Ferrer, with stunning views of the park and the city. It follows the Provincial Museum, former Spanish Casino and, finally, we approach the Palace of the Provincial Government that before was the City Council of the city.

At all hours, we will see Marti Park full of people. It seems that even today, after so many centuries, it remains the heart of Cienfuegos.

For visit: San Fernando and San Carlos streets (54th and 56th avenues), between the Bouyón and Santa Isabel streets (25th and 29th). Cienfuegos (“22.14599, -80.45305”). Free access 24/7.

by: Leunam Rodríguez