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Parque San Jose, Holguin, Cuba, 2023[open in full screen]  

 
 

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The official name for the park is Parque Carlos Manuel de Céspedes but everyone calls it Parque San Jose. The park is surrounded by a couple of small art galleries, the cultural center Casa de Iberoamerica (that hosts a week long festival in the fall and numerous music and dance events), a small museum, a couple of pizza places, a large bank, and the Ministry of Culture.

The church clock is notable because it actually works and is accurate. The interior is unique because it is asymmetrical with the north side being unfinished concrete (possibly intentional).

  Holguín's youngest park is also its shadiest, dominated by the Iglesia de San José. The cobbled central square is named for 'Father of the Motherland' Carlos Manuel de Céspedes – his statue stands center stage next to a monument honoring the heroes of the War of Independence.

The church, with its distinctive mezzanine floor, dome and bell-tower, was once used by the Independistas as a lookout tower. Locals still refer to the park by its old name, San José, or as Parque Infantil.

At the beginning of the 20th century, when the church was going to be remodeled, the square is also built, because it was in a pitiable condition after the Independence War.

  Once in 1900, it is rechristened as it is known today, as Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Park and in 1987 is erected the bust of the Father of the Nation.

Another outstanding monument is the well-known ‘El Angelote’, a work by the Hugo Luissis, carver in bronze and marble of Carrara and stands in the center of the place. It represents the figure of an angle on a balloon to honor the shooted fighters in the Independence Wars.

We have three more Holguin squares in our collection, Parque Peralto visited in 2012 has an interesting story attached to it, so, I think, it is worth the re-visit.  Links on the map are alive if you want to visit other squares in Holguin.

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