World Heritage #0460 – Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

Last updated Nov 8, 2019 | Published on Jul 3, 2003Cuba, North America, World Heritage Sites

Cuba was built on slavery and Spanish power. The sugar cane growing area outside the wonderful town of Trinidad is at the heart of it.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: Cuba

Date of Inscription: 1988

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 460:

“Founded in the early 16th century in honour of the Holy Trinity, the city was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, such as the Palacio Brunet and the Palacio Cantero, were built in its days of prosperity from the sugar trade.”


My visit

I wrote this in my 2003 post:

“Cuba was “discovered” by Columbus on his second America voyage in 1492. Trinidad was built early in the 1500s and is one of the oldest towns in Cuba. The town rose to its glory on slaves and huge sugar plantations. Both the town and the “sugar valley” are on Unesco’s World Heritage List. “Ingenios” means sugar mills. They are spread along a very picturesque valley.

We rented a Ford 1956-model with driver (12 USD) and hummed into and up the valley. I climbed the 40 metres high tower of the Manaca Iznaga plantation and was rewarded with an impressive view. The tower was used for surveillance and a big bell now on the ground was used to muster the slaves.“

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