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Camaguey Main Atractions
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Atraction in Camaguey   Plaza San Juan de Dios
Plaza San Juan de Dios, also referred to as Plaza del Padre Olallo, is generally regarded as the most beautiful square in Camaguey. Much of the square has undergone restoration and is remarkably well preserved. It is surrounded by pastel colored colonial architecture, which includes small single story buildings, and the Iglesia y Hospital de San Juan de Dios, a national monument. Built as a church with attached hospital in the first half of the 18th Century, this historic building is now the Direccion Provincial de Patrimonio and Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad. The Iglesia de San Juan de Dios is most noteworthy for the original floors and ceiling and for its use of the Holy Trinity as the central image, something unique for Latin America. The Hospital de San Juan de Dios has had a long and varied history, being used as a military infirmary, a teachers college, a hurricane shelter, and now as a health institute.
Atraction in Camaguey   Parque Casino Campestre
Southeast of Camaguey's city center, on the eastern side of the Rio Hatibonico is the Parque Casino Campestre. Originally, in the 19th Century, the park was used for cattle shows and agricultural exhibits, as well as to host regional fairs and festivals. Today Parque Casino Campestre has been turned into a typical park, where people come to relax and converse. Monuments have been added to the park, including tributes to Salvador Cisneros Betancourt, the Unknown Soldier, and to the teaching professionals. Also of interest is the monument dedicated to Barberan and Collar, the two pilots to complete the first transatlantic flight. It was unveiled in 1941 to commemorate this 39 hour and 55 minute flight from Seville to Camaguey.
Atraction in Camaguey   Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced
The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced is the most interesting and impressive church in Camaguey and home to the silver Holy Sepulcher. The history of the church dates to 1601 when the first Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced was built. According to legend a figure appeared on this spot and the miraculous event led to the building of the church. In the middle of the 18th Century it was rebuilt with a church and convent. Later reconstructions also took place but the church today maintains a Baroque façade. The interior boasts some beautiful and unique looking murals. Beneath the church are the catacombs, which are entered near the main altar. People were buried in the catacombs until 1814.
Atraction in Camaguey   Birthplace of Nicolas Guillen Description
Casa Natal de Nicolas Guillen is the birthplace of Afro mullato poet Nicolas Guillen, although he only lived here for the first two years of his life. Camaguey's obvious reverence of Ignacio Agramonte often overshadows other noteworthy individuals who have come from this town and Nicolas Guillen is no exception. He was born here at this location in 1902 and went on to start an Afro-Cuban poetry school and became Cuba's most renowned poet. The Casa Natal de Nicolas Guillen is now primarily an arts and cultural school but does pay tribute to this man. On display is information on his life and his accomplishments, and some of his poetry can be found on the walls.
Atraction in Camaguey   Birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte
Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte was the birthplace of Camaguey's greatest hero. Ignacio Agramonte was born here in 1841 and was killed in battle at the age of 32. It is impossible to visit Camaguey without seeing reference to this man. Agramonte, a local farmer, led a revolt against the Spanish. The Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte was built in the mid 1700s and is now a museum and tribute to this independence war hero. On display are some of Agramonte's personal items, including his pistol, as well as some possessions that belonged to his wife who was also a well-regarded citizen in Camaguey.
 
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