In lieu of travel, there’s nothing like photography to take us to new, exciting places, exploring the rich cultural corners of the Caribbean. For those craving to explore the iconic city of Santiago de Cuba, photographer David I. Muir captured images of the people and landmarks that make this place so special.
El Titan de Bronze
“El Titan de Bronze” was created by local artist Alberto Lescay to honor Antonio Maceo Grajales, general of the Cuban War of Independence. The stunning monument towers over the Plaza de la Revolución.
Casa de La Trova
At Casa de La Trova, top musicians supported by the government entertain locals and guests on an ad hoc basic. The walls are lined with images of past performers.
José Antonio Saco, called “Enramada” by locals, is the major thoroughfare in Santiago, running between the ocean and the Plaza de Marte park. The pedestrian street is home to stores, restaurants, and other major places of commerce.
Sounds of Rumba
The African-influenced music and dance of Cuba’s rumba are enjoyed daily on the streets. Popular musicians Milian Gali Riveri (center), Einar “Tito” Leliebre Nuñez (left), Bladys Pujols Boubaire (right) are caught up in the music.
Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
Soldiers during changing of the guard at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where the remains of revolutionary philosopher José Marti rest in a mausoleum.
While some elements of Cuban carnival reflect the typical revelry of the occasion, here’s a day when the elder comparsas wear Old World clothing in celebration of the island’s history.
Horse and Buggy, a local mode of transport when you don’t have a car.