Founded in the 16th century, Villa de la Santísima Trinidad de Cuba - this is its full name - is a gift for the senses.
Its religious buildings are one of its main attractions. One of the most notable is the church of San Francisco de Paula. Annexed to a hospital, it was built in the 1800s to become an auxiliary church, a condition it still maintains today. You should not miss the Santa Ana hermitage either, erected in the first quarter of the eighteenth century and rebuilt in 1812.
The Manacas-Iznaga tower, located about 14 km from the city, deserves special credit. Built between 1815 and 1830, this building served as a watchtower for the sugarcane plantations and is also an example of the opulence that reigned the town. Topping its 45 metres in height, was a bell that signaled the beginning and end of work shifts, as well as of the obligatory prayer to the Holy Trinity in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon. In 1978, it acquired the category of National Monument.
From there, you can overlook the Valle de los Ingenios, a 250 km2 plain in the province of Sancti Spíritus. In its interior the valleys of San Luis, Agabama-Méyer and Santa Rosa unfold. Like Trinidad, it is on the World Heritage list since 1988.
Take some time to admire Casa Borrell Iznaga, at number 67 on calle Miguel Calzada, which are the headquarters of the City Curator’s Office or ‘Conservador de la Ciudad‘.
In the heart of Trinidad’s old town, you must take a stop at the Romantic Museum. This institution is located next to the Plaza Mayor and in the old Brunet Palace, a building completed in 1808 and belonging to one of the wealthiest families of the colonial era. Its most notable feature is its beautiful Andalusian patio, considered the most striking in the Antillean country. The ground floor is Mudejar and the upper floor is neoclassical.
Other remarkable museums in Trinidad are the Guamuhaya Archeology Museum or Casa Padrón, also in the Plaza Mayor and located in an 18th century building; the Municipal Museum, in the Cantero Palace, where you will see documents and objects related to the Trinitarian village, and the Museum of Colonial Architecture, in the Plaza Mayor building where the Sanchez Iznaga house previously stood, popularly known as the ‘La Casa Azul’ or ‘Blue House’. Its eight rooms show the urban development of the city during its five centuries of history.
Pay attention to the National Museum of the Fight Against Bandits too, in the convent of San Francisco (18th century), and the Alejandro de Humboldt Museum of Natural Sciences.