Old Havana and its Fortification System

Brief description

Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.

Unesco WHS list ref:  204

I haven’t visited Cuba yet, although thanks to a colleague who has just returned from holiday, I do now have a great card of the historic centre!

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cuba- havana

 

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Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

Brief description

Founded in the early 16th century in honour of the Holy Trinity, the city was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, such as the Palacio Brunet and the Palacio Cantero, were built in its days of prosperity from the sugar trade.

Unesco WHS list ref:  460

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cuba-colonial-las-villas

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San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba

Brief description

Commercial and political rivalries in the Caribbean region in the 17th century resulted in the construction of this massive series of fortifications on a rocky promontory, built to protect the important port of Santiago. This intricate complex of forts, magazines, bastions and batteries is the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, based on Italian and Renaissance design principles.

Unesco WHS list ref: 841

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cuba-santiago-el-morro

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Desembarco del Granma National Park

Brief description

This site, with its uplifted marine terraces and associated ongoing development of karst topography and features, represents a globally significant example of geomorphologic and physiographic features and ongoing geological processes. The area, which is situated in and around Cabo Cruz in south-east Cuba, includes spectacular terraces and cliffs, as well as some of the most pristine and impressive coastal cliffs bordering the western Atlantic.

Unesco WHS list ref:  889

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From my collection

cuba-des-del-granma

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Viñales Valley

Brief description

The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco.

Unesco WHS list ref:  840

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cuba-vinales

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Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba

Brief description

The remains of the 19th-century coffee plantations in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra are unique evidence of a pioneer form of agriculture in a difficult terrain.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1008

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cuba-la-isabelica

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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

Brief description

One of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on earth.  Many of the underlying rocks are toxic to plants so species have had to adapt to survive in these hostile conditions. This unique process of evolution has resulted in the development of many new species and the park is one of the most important sites in the Western Hemisphere for the conservation of endemic flora.

Unesco WHS list ref:  839

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cuba-humboldt-np

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