Cuban City Celebrates 10 Years as UNESCO Heritage Site

Camagüey, Cuba, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The inhabitants of this eastern Cuban city celebrate today the tenth anniversary of the inclusion of its Historic Center in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The Office of the Historian of the City of Camagüey (OHCC) has developed a special program to promote cultural values and projects in this town, which is growing among the main tourist destinations in the country.

The institution recently prepared a cantata, starring the new generations, at the Ignacio Agramonte Park, located in the area of the founding square or Mayor de la Villa, from 1528.

In the midst of the campaign 'The city I am, the city I live in', the OHCC inaugurated a new book sales space for the El Lugareño label, publications intended to promote and disseminate the values of regional culture, which is distinguished among other Cuban sites with the same distinction.

With a view towards the preservation of the values that identify the Historical Center, the institution is carrying out a series of actions to solidify citizen awareness in pursuit of 'taking care of codes which define us as human groups, with so many cultural nuances', said the director of the OHCC, Jose Rodriguez.

The Historic Center declared a Heritage Site in 2008, has in the OHCC one of the main managers in the care and promotion of regional traditions, considered by the representatives of UNESCO as one of the best preserved among the localities founded by the Spaniards in the Caribbean.

Regarding the 10 years of the Declaration, Rodriguez said that 'it is intended to provide visitors with an infrastructure that allows them to get to know the architectural and urban interior of Camagüey.'

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CUBA IN PICTURES: A Square for the Major

The Revolution Square Ignacio Agramonte is one of the most important monuments in the city of Camagüey.

Located very close to the historical center of Camagüey city, raises the Revolution Square Ignacio Agramonte, core of the most important political, social, and cultural celebrations in this important city. Named after the most memorable of patriots from Camagüey, the Major General Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz, relevant figure in the first of the Wars for Independence of Cuba.

Its architects Souto and Balmaseda, the artists Reynaldo Miranda and Herminio Escalona who were advised by Gustavo's Sed Nieves. It was inaugurated on July 26th, 1989.

The Square has the main monument; bleacher areas and gathering area, with capacity for more than 100 000 people; the Fountain of Latin American Flags that represents the unity of the Cuban Revolution with the peoples of the area and, as a symbolic detail, on the front side, a chain broken by the impact of a star that represents the liberating movement in Latin America.

On the Monument to The Major, one can see Ignacio Agramonte standing, with his main weapons: the saber and revolver, stepping forward, looking north, valiant and haughty in his campaign uniform.

It’s another of the homage that Camagüey offers to its favorite son, one of the greatest heroes in Cuban history.

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