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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Final Day in Camaguey

Our flight didn't leave until 12:55 pm so we got up early and saw the rest of the sights in Camaguey.

Camaguey is a big city, Cuba's 3rd largest. The eastern edge of the historic center (declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008) is bordered by the Rio Hatibonico and there are numerous bridges that cross it. Unfortunately, the river is very dirty. 

This was a secondary school--pretty impressive.

Casino Campestre--the biggest city park in Cuba.

There are walking paths, lots of tress and benches to rest.

There is a zoo in the park.

Camaguey is known for tinajones, large clay jars, partially buried in the ground. They were introduced by the Spaniards to catch rain water but also came in handy to hide from invaders. The legend goes that those who drink water from the tinajones fall in love and never leave town.

We also found a shooting range within the park. 

At the far end of the park is the Plaza de la Revolucion.

It's another concrete plaza, this one dedicated to Ignacio Agramonte.

Concrete mural that highlights the Cuban struggle for independence. 

Statue of Agramonte.

Next to the Plaza is a large baseball stadium.

From the Plaza de la Revolucion, we walked west, back across the river to the Iglesia de Sagrado Corazon de Jesus--Church of Sacred Heart. It's located at Padre Olallo & Bartolome. It's the only  20th century church in town.

Walking toward Plaza de San Juan de Dios, we saw this wooden scaffolding. OSHA probably doesn't exist here.

Plaza de San Juan de Dios, 6 blocks south of the Iglesia de Sagrado Corazon. reputed to be the city's most photogenic square. You decide for yourself.

Iglesia de San Juan de Dios--located on the northern corner of the plaza. This church was built in 1728 and has a dark Baroque interior.

At the far end of the plaza are colorful buildings. Maybe this is what they thought was photogenic?

Camaguey has many crooked streets, built to confuse the marauding pirates.

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