Top attractions of Bayamo
Bayamo is the capital city of Granma Province. It is not a typical tourist destination, but has numerous attractions. A great thing about the city, especially for visitors is that there are numerous coaches with which they can ride around the city. It is like getting on a sightseeing bus, but more intimate. Some of the tourist attractions of the city are the several monuments which commemorate the fights for freedom of slaves. Bayamo is also considered by many “the cradle of Cuban Revolution”. The city’s other tourist attractions are the beautiful cathedral, numerous museums, the birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and several parks.
La Catedral de Bayamo
The cathedral’s full name is La Catedral del Santísimo Salvador. It is a huge, 16th century cathedral of ochre color. The building was rebuilt several times and restored recently. The actual look of the cathedral is magnificent. Its interior is also spectacular. Besides the beautiful wood-beam ceiling, there is a spectacular mural commemorating a battle. There is also a nice and small chapel named Capilla de La Dolorosa in one side of the building. It dates back in the 17th century and houses a beautiful baroque altarpiece. The cathedral is open for visitors, daily from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00. (Spetember 2012)
Casa Natal de Céspedes
It can be found on Calle Francisco Maceo. Carlos Manuel de Céspedes is considered “the father of the Cuban nation”. An interesting thing about the house is that this is the only building on the square which escaped the destruction from fire. Today the birthplace of Céspedes is a museum which presents objects relating to him and his family on two stories. The furnishing is beautiful and elegant and there are numerous objects exhibited which help the visitors to find out more about his life. The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday with the following opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, on Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00 and from 20:00 to 22:00, on Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00. The price of the ticket is $1. (September 2012)
The museum is situated on the Calle Maceo, near the Casa Natal de Céspedes. The museum provides an interesting and unique exhibition. It includes objects and documents relating to the 1869 burning of the city. Local people preferred to burn the city down instead of giving it over to the Spanish army troops. There are also other documents exhibited in the museum which offer important information about the formation of the nation.
It is one of the favorite places of local people. The park is peaceful and magnificent, with wonderful royal palm trees. On both sides of the park there are historic monuments which are also very popular among visitors of Bayamo. One of these is a bronze statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. The park is surrounded by beautiful colonial-style buildings. The Parque Céspedes is surely a must-see of Bayamo.