Plazuela Real del Jigüe
The Plazuela Real del Jigüe is a charming triangular plaza (Piro Guinart y Villena), one block west of Plaza Mayor, has a calabash tree in the center. The tree, planted in December 2009, is the youngest in a succession of trees kept alive since 1514, the year the Spanish celebrated their first mass here.
Cater-corner to El Jigüe is the Ayuntamiento y Cárcel (Piro Guinart #302), the old town hall and jail, with a portion of the original stone-and-lime masonry exposed for view.
Immediately east, the Casa Templo de Santería Yemayá (Villena #59) features santería altars and hosts occasional religious ceremonies. Jorge Muñoz Fontanills (Simón Bolívar #302, e/ Martí y Maceo) will happily show you his fascinating collection of orisha statues.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition