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Monday, November 12, 2018

Camagüey and two centuries as a city



By Yusarys Benito Deliano/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.

Near to meet its 505 years, the Villa of Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe remains just as beautiful in the eyes of its sons and the foreigners who visit it. February the 2nd is the day chosen for the celebration; however, any time is ideal to enjoy the legends and mysteries that flourish in every alley of this city, declared as such on November 12th, 1817.

Here we give water from the tinajón and share squares and churches that guide the passage through the labyrinthine streets. In each place, a story told by famous people and others who already build their lives, as did Nicolás Guillén, Fidelio Ponce de León and Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.

The city surprises, catches and makes its, the reality of all. It lives, reborns, suffers the irresponsibility of some and at the same time teaches them, makes them an accomplice about what being a person from Camagüey means and worthy of the land of Ignacio Agramonte.

That's why we celebrate proudly every November 12th, the day of 1817 in which that the mayor informed the decision of King Ferdinand 7th, in the old Plaza de Armas, to grant the city title to the Principeña metropolis and the right to use the coat of arms and chapter maces.

At that time, Camagüey showed a great development and predominance of religious buildings, military, government and domestic, which marked the hallmark of wealth.

Today the city, flourished, shows with pride some architectural and cultural vestiges of that epoch; the same ones that took to declare part of its historical center World Heritage Site in 2008

Of course not everything is perfect, and it hurts to see how the laziness of some people can lead to jeopardizing a title like that.

The office of the historian dedicates all its efforts to preserve the villa, however, it is not enough with the campaign of public good City that I live, city that I am; between the daily hustle and the festivities, it is also a good time to reflect on what to do to beautify and take care of the city among all of us. (Photo: César Alejandro Moreno)