Photographer's Note

This park is the heart of the city of Santiago de Cuba. This is form doors of the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción on the south side of the park.. The park was created in 1522 when the the first cathedral of Cuba was built on this locatin. The park has seen a lot of changes over its nearly 500 years history. It received its current name in 1916 to honour Carlos Manuel de Céspedes del Castillo (1819-1874), a plantation owner, who freed his slaves and made the declaration of Cuban independence in 1868. The back side of his monument is visible in the foreground of the picture. A close-up of the Céspedes's bust on the front of the monument is shown in the Workshop . The building on the north side of the park is the City Hall (Ayuntamiento). The building is famous because on January 1, 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed the victory of the Cuban Revolution from its balcony.
Other famous buildings around the park include Cuba's oldest building, the former the Governor's mansion, now museum and the city's oldest hotel, Casa Granda. These are not on this picture.

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Additional Photos by Barnabas Bozoki (bbarna) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 5 N: 519] (1447)
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