Plaza Mayor

Trinidad, Cuba

Submitted by: aleksandar janicijevic

A public square where cobblestone streets and pastel coloured houses give impression that time has not moved.

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Why It Works

This square is in the heart of the world heritage City of Trinidad, Cuba, where cobblestone streets and pastel coloured houses give impression that time has not moved since wealthy landowners founded the city in 1514. Trinidad was major centre in colonial times for the trading of sugar and slaves. A long period of isolation, from 1850 - 1950, protected the city and this square from any radical new buildings. It was left unchanged, and was skillfully restored to the finest details like the street lights, benches etc.

What Makes Plaza Mayor a Great Place?

The square is accessible only on foot and used intensively by locals for social gathering, church activities, and everyday living.

Visitors have an extensive choice of seating, on the open space or in the shaded areas, or the covered areas with beautiful views of the square and beyond.

A major church is located on the square, and a couple of relatively expensive restaurants, which are used mainly by tourists.

A very pleasant public space, it is especially sociable after dark.

Contact Info:

Aleksandar Janicijevic, designer, architect, Toronto, Canada

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