Our first stop after entering Cuba at the Cienfuegos Airport was the Palacio de Valle. Built in the early 20th century as a private residence for a sugar merchant, the Palacio de Valle currently houses a restaurant next to the Hotel Jagua. The eclectic architecture incorporates Moorish, Venetian, and Beaux Arts forms. Three towers across the front, in three different designs, represent power, religion, and love.
In the 1950s, the Palacio de Valle was purchased by the developer of the Hotel Jagua. The intention was for the Palacio to house a casino. But, then, the Revolution happened. Hotel Jagua opened as the first post-revolution hotel in Cuba, but the casino portion of the plan was halted.
Next Saturday, I’ll post photos of our explorations in downtown Cienfuegos.
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