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In the Cuban cities much effort is made to renovate the buildings. here the example of the facade from Camaguey. Also interiors are nicely renovated.

Camagüey is the nation's third largest city with more than 321,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province.After almost continuous attacks from pirates the original city (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515 on the northern coast) was moved inland in 1528.

The new city was built with a confusing lay-out of winding alleys. There are many blind alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. One explanation is that this was done by design, to make the city easier to defend from any raiders; by the same version, the reason that there is only one exit from the city was that should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, it would be possible for local inhabitants to entrap and kill them. However, locals dispute this reasoning as a myth, asserting that in truth the city developed without planning, and that winding streets developed out of everybody wanting to stay close to their local church (the city has 15 of them).
In July 2008, the old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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