The Paseo del Prado in Cienfuegos
By Rose Ross
Whoever visits Cienfuegos, a city in central Cuba known as The Southern Pearl (La Perla del Sur), has a must-see in its famous Paseo del Prado.
Walking it becomes an emblematic route that has significant attractions. This walk is the longest in the country, almost 2 kilometers in length and guarded by its excellent architecture, where columns, galleries or continuous portals stand out.
Its primary construction was due to the donation of one of the founders of the town, in the first decades of the 19th century. Of course, back then, it was no more than a mud street, flanked by two ditches into which waste dumped into the sea was thrown. At the beginning of the following century, the work was completed.
Currently, the corridor is located on 37th Street and was previously called by different names: Plaza de San Fernando, Paseo de Vives, Avenida de la Independencia, Avenida Pedro Antonio Aragonés.
It was in 1913 that it was baptized as Paseo del Prado and from that date to now, when walking we will be able to see sculptures of patriots and important personalities of the city. And not only the sculptures of various marbles can be appreciated, but also a unique environment due to the eclectic nature of the architectural landscape of heritage value.
In honor of a legendary son of Cienfuegos province and the melody popularized by him, its letter says “Cienfuegos is the city, which I like the most”. It is a statue of Benny Moré erected in 2004. Cast in bronze by the Santiago sculptor José Villa Soberón, life-size with 1.82 centimeters.
The statue of the singer-composer known as the "Rhythm Barbarian" is a must for visitors and city dwellers to leave graphic proof that they were in the Pearl of the South and walked its emblematic Prado, National Conservation Prize in Cuba.