Also known as "Hero City" is the second largest city of Cuba, Greater Antilles. It is among the first seven villages founded by Diego Velazquez, during the conquest and colonization, from 1515 became the capital of the island because of its proximity to the Viceroyalty and Audiencia of Santo Domingo and its large and sheltered harbor for the shipment of goods and expeditions for the conquest of what would become the Spanish Empire.
Santiago shows traces of French immigrants of the past century, they remained in the mountains coffee cultivation, the Tivoli Theatre and even the sound of the piano, then say that in these parts was where he first heard the sound of that instrument.
The layout of the city is irregularly shaped, with steep streets and alleys to the oldest areas. Living in the streets of architectural buildings like the Cathedral, Elvira Cape Library, the Museum Emilio Bacardi Moreau, the Moncada Barracks, Fidel Castro's chosen place and a group of young revolutionaries who departed from the Siboney Farm a July 26 1953 to mark the beginning of the insurrection against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. With over a century Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in the city of Santiago de Cuba, capital of the province of the same name, keeps the story of heroes, men and women of character and anonymous and modest living in this place .
Complement the environment, the prestigious University of the East and, just 12 miles from the center of the city, the shrine of El Cobre, a place of pilgrimage and offerings to the Virgin of Charity, patroness of the island's economic development born of hand mining and later became agricultural and livestock shows today a diversified industrial development and associated services, construction, tourism, scientific.
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