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Holguin is located in the eastern part of Cuba just south of Cayo Largo, making it a tourist destination of choice for its warm temperatures during the winter months. The birthplace of Cuban music, Holguin was originally founded as San Isidoro de Holguín in 1542 in the province of Oriente. It is documented that Christopher Columbus landed in Holguin in 1492 and said it was “the eyes of the most beautiful country that man has ever seen.” Capital of the Holguin province, it is home to multiple cultural centers, including the galleries Centro Provincial de Arte and Bayado, multiple museums and the Marti Theatre. As the capital of the second most populated province in the country, a main attraction is a large crucifix on the hill Loma de la Cruz, as visitors ascend its 465 steps, they can take in the beauty of the whole city.
A Sister Cities Agreement between Santa Fe and Holguin acknowledges that both share many rich traditions and customs native to their regions and should promote cultural and educational exchanges between the communities.
Codanza (Holguin, Cuba), Photo Credit Carl Moore