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Parque del Carmen is a colonial era plaza hosting a small park centered by Saint Carmen's Church, a colonial structure which originally also included the city’s first school. At the entrance, there is a gray marble monument surrounding a Tamarind tree indicating the foundation of Santa Clara. Each pillar supporting the bar represents the 7 families who moved to the site in 1689 from the town of Remedios near the north coast. Next to the city's historical foundation site is [...]
A perfect place to visit if you enjoy live music is Santa Clara's Parque Vidal but, make sure you ask for the specific day because it varies (but it is weekly) when the City's Philharmonic Band plays in the†center of it, at the Glorieta (gazebo) which was erected in 1911 and is still serving for public concerts. Parque Vidal is a park located in the geographical center of Santa Clara, Cuba, and covers an entire square block of the city. [...]
Santa Clara was officially founded on July 15, 1689 by just 175 people. Two large families represented 138 of the fledgling town's population. These families had already been living in the area and, consequently, were already owners of land next to the new city. The remaining 37 came from 7 different families, a priest and a governor. All of this final group originated from the coastal city of San Juan de los Remedios and is made†up from†predominantly people who had [...]
Santa Clara certainly has a tumultuous past, being the site of the final decisive battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. It was also the base for two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Cuba's fallen hero Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by General Camilo Cienfuegos. Prior to these recent events Santa Clara was a hotbed for corsairs and pirates with the adjoining city of Remedios being under constant attack. In fact the initial [...]
The Santa Clara Libre is a†popular and†well reviewed†hotel directly on Parque Vidal built in 1950s modernist style 10-stories; mint-green high-rise is perfectly located at the main city center square, Parque Vidal and flanked by La Caridad Theater, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Jose Marti library all right in the center of Santa Clara. The restaurant, located on the top floor, offers delicious Cuban dishes and a beautiful view of the city. An hour's drive to the north will [...]