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Information about Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba has 420,000 residents and is Cuba's second most populated city after Havana. The island's two largest cities have maintained a long lasting rivalry in music, literature and music. French settlers arrived to Santiago de Cuba in the 1800s, adding even more cultural diversity to the Spanish and African influences present in this Caribbean city.
The city is situated on the southestern end of Cuba. The city maintains a strong Spanish colonial flavour, unspoilt by the high-rise urban landscapes found in Havana. Santiago also features one of the island's most prestigious educational institutions, the University de Oriente. This engaging city also gives you the chance to relax on gorgeous beaches or take pleasant walks on the wide, natural harbour, an attraction that has helped make this a valuable port town for close to 500 years.
Santiago de Cuba Attractions
Historical attractions include the Cathedral which dates back to 1522 (Cuba's oldest), and the first lithographic studio in the world, founded by Don Juan Meta and Tejada. The city also has world renowned cultural institutions: La Antingua Filarónica (known later as the Sociedad Filarmónica Cubana), La Sociedad Beethoven and El Liceo de Santiago are all worth visiting. Santiago's Academies for the fine arts have helped produce some of the city's many celebrated musicians and artists.
Santiago de Cuba has historically been a centre for cultural activity and a city that has had an important impact in the history of the American continents.