The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin.

It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style.

It later became more eclectic but retained a harmonious overall townscape. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses.

Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

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DATA

Region
Latin America and the Caribbean
Country
Cuba 
Category
Cultural
Name
Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2005
Keyword
Historic Center, Registered in 2005