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Rebellious, heroic and hospitable, this is how Santiago de Cuba, one of the most interesting provinces of the country, located on the eastern tip of the island, is defined.

Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in terms of importance and is the cradle of the identity and culture of this nation. The stories associated with the revolutionary exploits had their maximum expression in this territory, especially the clandestine struggles in the Sierra Maestra, and this can be seen in his condition as a Hero Province.

The Cemetery of Santa Ifigenia, National Heritage, is one of the sites with the greatest symbolic value, as it holds the mortal remains of figures such as José Martí, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Mariana Grajales and Fidel Castro.

Santiago, in addition to its historical values, has a rich colonial architecture. The Castle El Morro, a fortress dating from the 17th century, and the residence of the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez, are an example of these jewels that surprise the visitor with their permanence in time.

The National Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, visited by thousands of Cubans and foreigners every year, to venerate the Patron Saint of Cuba; besides the Cathedral and Cuartel Moncada, are other distinctive places that the traveler should not miss in his tour of the city.

The folklore and idiosyncrasies that distinguish the inhabitants of this island are faithfully represented in the popular festivals of Santiago de Cuba. The Carnival of Santiago has been recognized throughout the years as one of the most important events of the local and national culture.

The warmth of the land of Santiago de Cuba is proportional to the hospitality of its people and the richness of its history and traditions. In this province all the values are fused to create authentic Cuban lamas.

by:  Lys Alfonso Bergantiño
pictures: Yarelis González