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Arts & Culture

The city of Camagüey boasts the largest historic centre in the country. It is also one of the best preserved, with beautiful colonial buildings lining its winding streets, and Cuba's finest array of churches.

Architecture

General Ignacio Agramonte Revolution Square

General Ignacio Agramonte Revolution Square

Pope John Paul II officiated a mass here in January 1998. The public square honours the region’s most prominent freedom fighters of the 19th century.

Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

Don’t miss the wooden alfarje ceiling and wonderfully painted pillars adorning this church, built in 1776. It is a beautiful example of Cuban Baroque architecture.

Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Merced

This magnificent Baroque church, built in 1748, features an ornate, decorated ceiling and the dazzling Santo Sepulcro, crafted from 23,000 silver coins. It is the only church in the region to boast two towers.

Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Visitors are intrigued by the elaborate gilt altar, frescoes and stunning wooden ceiling at this church built in 1755.

Plaza del Carmen

Plaza del Carmen

Baroque and neoclassical influences are evident in this public square built in the early 19th century. Ceramic statues representing everyday life line the charming cobblestone plaza.

Plaza San Juan de Dios

Plaza San Juan de Dios

This 18th-century square, a jewel of Cuban colonial architecture, has been declared a national monument. Here you'll find the San Juan de Dios Church and Hospital (now a museum), a striking building erected in 1728 and updated in 1847. Its highest altar is made of precious wood from 1792, and it features a rare anthropomorphic representation of the Holy Spirit (one of only two in Latin America).

Parque Ignacio Agramonte

Parque Ignacio Agramonte

Camagüey’s main park encompasses part of the former Plaza de Armas, built in 1528. Highlights include an imposing bronze equestrian statue of General Agramonte and the Metropolitan Cathedral, a historic church built in 1617 that features a tower with an image of Christ, added in 1937. The park also contains the Julio Antonio Mella Provincial Library, and the Philharmonic Society of Puerto Principe, erected in the 19th century.


Dance

Camagüey Ballet

Ballet de Camagüey

The dancers of this world-renowned ballet company have performed in over 40 countries. In Camagüey, they call the beautiful Teatro Principal home.


Galleries

Joel Jover Studio-Gallery

Joel Jover Studio-Gallery

Admire work by two of Camagüey’s most noted contemporary artists, Joel Jover and his wife Ileana Sánchez at their working studio that doubles as a gallery.


Museums

Casa Finlay

Casa Finlay

Peruse exhibits highlighting the life and professional achievements of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay, who discovered how mosquitoes transmit yellow fever. The famous Cuban doctor was born here in 1833.

Nicolas Guillén House

Nicolas Guillén House

This poetry-themed museum is located in the house where Guillén, the former National Poet of Cuba, was born in 1902.This poetry-themed museum is located in the house where Guillén, the former National Poet of Cuba, was born in 1902.

Museo Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte

Museo Casa Natal Ignacio Agramonte

Visit the house where Cuban patriot Ignacio Agramante was born in 1841, Built in the 18th century, the building now contains a museum dedicated to his life and achievements. A highlight is the colonial-style patio.

Ignacio Agramonte Provincial Museum

Ignacio Agramonte Provincial Museum

Housed inside the former Cavalry Garrison, built in 1848, the museum features furniture collections, as well as local and natural history displays.

Fábrica de Violines

Fábrica de Violines

Artisans carve beautiful violins out of hardwood at this factory in Minas, located northeast of Camagüey.


Sports

Estadio Cándido González

Estadio Cándido González

Catch a baseball game at Camagüey's stadium.


Theatres

Teatro Principal

Teatro Principal

This stunning neoclassical theatre, built in 1850, is the home of the celebrated the Camagüey Ballet. It also regularly hosts theatrical productions and variety shows.