Top 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Caribbean
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Caribbean are not less than blessings for history lovers. Caribbean is a region comprising of the Caribbean Sea, Islands and surrounding coasts, full of many UNESCO heritage sites. These are places that are considered to have cultural or natural importance and so should be guarded for future generations. Caribbean stretches from Barbados eastwards to Cuba and seizes everything from thriving barrier reefs to towering volcanoes and colonial neighborhoods.Here are six of my favorite World Heritage Sites in Caribbean.
Trinidad is an island in the Caribbean with remarkable traditions and cuisines. Trinidad is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1988. This 500 years old place is popular for its colonial building and cobblestone streets. Buildings such as the Palacio Cantero and Palacio Brunet remind a lot about its days of prosperity and rich history. Despite having many museums, this town is not less than a museum in itself.
San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba
Found in 1515, Santiago de Cuba is famous for its revolutionary history and colonial architecture. It was built in 1587 by the popular Italian military engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli. Based on the Spanish and Renaissance Italian architecture, the castle was specially designed to protect Santiago de Cuba from pirates. The fort is situated strongly on the top of a 60 meter high headland at the entrance to Santiago harbour. San Pedro de la Roca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Desembarco del Granma National Park
Desembarco del Granma National Park is famous for its marine terraces and pristine sea cliffs. Its earthly area has several rich endemic floras while there are coral reefs in the sea. The submarine areas of Cabo Cruz and Maisí are like huge stepping stones. The park lies in south-eastern Cuba. Desembarco del Granma National Park became a part of UNESCO in 1999.
The capital city of Curacao, Willemstad is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Caribbean since 1997. The modern town comprises of several historic places whose architecture displays not only European urban-planning impressions but also styles from the Netherlands, Portuguese and the Spanish colonial towns. The historic area of Willemstad is a good example of well-preserved colonial trading and administrative settlement.
Situated in the central area of Cuba, Cienfuegos is a nautical city founded in 1819 by French emigrants. Geographically, the city is divided into two evident parts: the peristyle central and Punta Gorda. The wealthy classes built a thin knife of land separating these two parts into a bay in the 1920’s. This Cuban city is famous for its French architecture and the Flamenco dance. Cienfuegos is home to the legendary musician Benny More, renowned name in the music industry of Cienfuegos. His grave is a National Monument since 2009 and the city is a part of UNESCO from 2005. It is one of the best cities in the Caribbean islands.
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
Named after the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a national park in Cuba. It became a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. It is known for its altitude range, size, land form diversity, complex lithology and wealth of endemic flora and fauna.
If you are fortunate enough to visit Caribbean Island, these are the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Caribbean, which you should not miss seeing.
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