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Versailles, Matanzas

Wander through the streets of Matanzas’ historical French quarter, Versalles, and cross over the Yumurí River

Versailles in Matanzas, Cuba
Versailles in Matanzas
© Rafael Ferro

The Barrio de Versalles (Versailles Quarter) is the People’s Council of the Matanzas area. The origins of this picturesque place date back to 1827, when it was called Yumurí in honor of the river passing through the area, only to receive its French name in 1850, hard evidence of all the French populating the area at that time. 

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Street in Versailles
Street in Versailles
© Matancero2009

In 1830 they began to pick out certain areas to build the Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol Church or the Cuartel de Santa Catalina Headquarters, among others.

Versailles grew all throughout the 19th century, country houses appearing at first, belonging to only the wealthy families of the time, etc. At the time this was one of the most outstanding places of leisure for the most famous 19th century upper class families of Matanzas.

The most characteristic public works of the Council date back to the 19th century. There, you’ll find the Paseo de Santa Cristina Promenade, built in 1838 and known as Paseo Martí Promenade since the 20th century, and the historical Puente de la Concordia Bridge, built in 1878 and currently known as General Lacret Morlot.

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Consejo Popular, Matanzas. Matanzas, Cuba.

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