Location and site

Registration Criteria

C (ii) to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;

C (iv) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;

Historical Reference

  • The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style. It later became more eclectic but retained a harmonious overall townscape. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.
Sra. Mayrelis Pernía Cordero
Presidenta de la Asamblea Municipal del Poder Popular de Cienfuegos
Ayuntamiento de Cienfuegos
Calle 41 No. 5809 entre 58 y 60
Cienfuegos, Cuba


Arq. Irán Millan Cuétara
Oficina del Conservador de la Ciudad de Cienfuegos
Calle 33 # 5207 altos e/ 52 y 54
Cienfuegos, Cuba
053-43-515975 ; 053-43- 518177
Cienfuegos: Vista plaza principal
Cienfuegos: Teatro Tomás Terry
Cienfuegos: Paseo del Prado