Trinidad, Cuba with its Architectural Beauty Frozen in History

Photo Feature by Luis Rondon Paz

Around the main square of Trinidad.

HAVANA TIMES — When you enter the historical center of Trinidad, it is like traveling several centuries back in history, its architecture exposes characteristic features of the Spanish buildings of centuries past.

As an added value of interest, some vestiges of French architecture attract attention in some colonial dwellings.

Today Trinidad has a total population of a little over 70 thousand inhabitants, with the majority living in the historic center.

Here are some moments captured by the lens of my camera.

Entering the Historic Center

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4 thoughts on “Trinidad, Cuba with its Architectural Beauty Frozen in History

  • Luis, you took a shot of my neighbour’s casa, haha!

    One tiny suggestion that will help your photos immensely… you tend to droop to the right quite a bit. You can “level” your horizon very easily with any photo software program, even right in the smartphone.

    It’s takes less than 10 seconds to fix this. By leveling the horizon it’s much easier on the eye and the subject(s) of your photo won’t look like they’re all sliding out of frame to the right.

    Happy shooting!

  • Great photos, thank you. Wonderful to see people selling their wares. I did that as a youth, growing up in NYC, and loved the game.

  • Thanks for the fotos! During either Sat. or Sun. there are several blocks of stalls off one of the streets radiating from the Plaza Mayor, and it is here you can purchase incredible weavings/tapestries made my local artisans at very reasonable prices. Also, I loved the steam engine excursion from Trinidad up the Valle de los Ingenuios (leaving mid-morning and returning late afternoon). Not only was the valley a treat (at all of 20 m.p.h. in open rail-cars) with its green canavarales , obscure bateys , distant mountains, etc., but half way through the journey you stop at a town where there are other opportunities to purchase hand-woven linens (plus lots of kitchy items, too). At the last stop, before the train returns to Trinidad, there is a leisurely lunch at an old hacienda. All this for maybe $20+/- r/t (plus meal, plus rum or cerveza on the train, plus handicrafts you may buy), at least in Oct. or Nov. of 2015. Great music scene at night on the steps next to the Plaza Mayor. Also, if Trinidad is too frantic, I recommend a casa particular at La Boca, a sea-side village about 7 km. west of Trinidad (each day we made arrangements to take seats along the bench of a covered tricycle/motorcycle going back-and-forth between La Boca to Trinidad during the week we were there; the trip is twenty minutes.) Although i shouldn’t let you in on this, one of my favorite places in Cuba is Sancti Spiritus, the provincial capital about an hour-and-a-half north of Trinidad. It has much the same colonial architecture, a square recently rehabbed, and many cultural activities, but without the thousands of day-tripping tourists bussed in from Habana and Varadero.

  • Trinidad is charming, friendly people, amazing musicians, enjoyed it tremendously. Hope to return.

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