Sancti Spiritus, oldest European colony • Cuba

Discover the rich history of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba by watching our exclusive video that takes you on a journey through the first Spanish colony in Cuba and the oldest church in the Caribbean, Parroquial Mayor. In just over 4 minutes, we'll transport you to a bygone era where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this charming city. Our video is packed with historical explanations, giving you an in-depth understanding of Sancti Spiritus' place in Cuban and Caribbean history. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to explore one of Cuba's hidden gems - watch our video now!

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Sancti Spiritus

Although Christophe chose the bay of Baracoa to disembark during his expedition of 1492, it is the town of Santi Spiritus in central Cuba which is the oldest European colony on the island.

The city was founded in 1514 by Diego Velazquez de Cuellar.

The city currently has around 135,000 inhabitants.

The oldest church in the country, and one of the oldest in the whole of the Caribbean, is called Parroquial Mayor and was erected at the beginning of the 16th century.

The old mansion belonging to one of the richest families of the island, the Valle Iznaga was transformed into a Colonial Art Museum after the Cuban revolution and the flight of its occupants. All the luxurious objects that are in this museum are original. Despite the arrogant luxury of this castle, it was not the main residence of the Valle Iznaga. It was used to accommodate passing guests.

Sancti Spiritus also has a very famous medical university and students from all over the world come to study there. There are 34 nationalities represented there.

And it is of course not worth forgetting the Ruben Martinez library which, in addition to its rich collection of books, offered its balcony for some of Fidel Castro's most remarkable speeches.

Sancti Spiritus is located in an important agricultural region, with plantations of sugar cane, tobacco and other crops. The city is also crossed by the Yayabo River, which is a popular place for locals and visitors to stroll.

 

about the place, Sancti Spiritus:

The city of Sancti Spiritus is one of the oldest cities founded by the Spanish colonizer in Cuba. The city is located in the center of the Island. 

It has the oldest church in the country, the Parroquial Mayor, built in the 16th century. The city has about 135,000 inhabitants.

 

Spoken comments in the film: 

The city of Sancti Spiritus is one of the oldest cities founded by the Spanish colonizer in Cuba. The city is located in the center of the Island. 

It has the oldest church in the country, the Parroquial Mayor, built in the 16th century. The city has about 135,000 inhabitants.

 

Music:

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library in Sancti Spiritus, Sancti Spiritus • Cuba
at the market, Sancti Spiritus • Cuba

at the market

on Serafin Sanchez square, Sancti Spiritus • Cuba

on Serafin Sanchez square

the library , Sancti Spiritus • Cuba

the library

works of art in the street, Sancti Spiritus • Cuba

works of art in the street

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