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Trinidad Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba is a dream-like city-museum, carefully and colorfully preserved as it was at the height of the 19th century sugar boom. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, Trinidad’s main plaza and surrounding cobblestone streets features pastel-colored edifices and red terra cotta tiled roofs.  Now in its 500th anniversary year, vibrant Trinidad was recently ranked as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations to travel in 2014. It is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the entire Caribbean. 

Trinidad Cuba

Situated near the sparkling Caribbean sea on the southern coast of Cuba, amid the Escambray mountains, Trinidad has narrow streets jumbled with mansions once inhabited by rich slave-holding landowners. The splendor seen today was built largely on fortunes amassed during a sugar boom in the nearby Valle de los Ingenios.

Trinidad Cuba

Trinidad Cuba

In the 18th and 19th centuries the town’s Spanish merchants invested their riches in opulent mansions. Their walls were decorated, beautiful wrought ironwork and woods installed, artistic balconies built, and crystal, porcelain and all sorts of valuable antiques stuffed inside their homes.

Trinidad Cuba

Trinidad Cuba

When the trade in sugar diminished and the slave trade ended, many merchants moved on to central America and little architectural work occurred until the 1950s. As a result, many of the historic buildings and streets were well preserved, and today many of them are open to the public as museums. Vintage and antique furniture, ornaments, housewares and art are on display, giving visitors a peek into a unique time of rich Cuban prosperity.

Trinidad Cuba

Trinidad is a traveler’s delight with horse drawn carriages, cobblestone streets and a distinct village feel. Though strongly rooted in the past, the city lives on strong and true, with local arts and craft stalls selling high quality linen and lace, and live reggaeton and salsa music spilling out on the streets after dark. Fiestas and cultural events will continue to take place throughout 2014 to mark the town’s 500th anniversary, attracting more and more tourists eager to take a journey back in time.

Trinidad Cuba

Follow the author on Twitter at @EmilyBaillie and check out her photo tour of Havana.

4 Comments

  1. Catalina says:

    It is amazing how well this city was preserved. Definitely worth to be visited, but I believe it is mandatory to take a guided tour to find as much about it’s history.

  2. primo iglesias says:

    Ms. Emily Baillie,

    I see that you copyrighted these pictures along with the story on Trinidad and also the link that takes you to the photo tour of Cuba which also shows copyrighted photos by you.
    I just would like to know if you actually took these pictures or do they belong to other photographers?

    I would appreciate a prompt reply.
    Thanks

    • Emily says:

      All photos copyrighted with my name were taken be me.

      • primo iglesias says:

        Emily,

        Thanks, I do appreciate the reply. I hope you didn’t take it the wrong way, I only asked because some of your photos reminded me of an individual who’s style is similar and a few shots are of the same individuals, specifically the ladies smoking the cigars, I have seen them in countless photos over the last few years. I guess they really get around the island and somehow wind up in photos taken by foreigners.
        How things have changed over there . It’s a far cry from the little I remember it before I left. I enjoyed your article on Trinidad, not many folks are aware the rich culture and history of this city.
        Regards,
        Primo

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