called "the Athens of Cuba", Matanzas is proud to bear
that title having a population devoted to studying and creating.
Literature has a leading role in the context of local arts, being
poetry its best artistic product. Local poetess Carilda Oliver Labra,
having been awarded the national prize of literature, has become
a true literary myth.
The city of Cárdenas had the privilege of waving, for the
first time, the Cuban flag, to which poet Bonifacio Byrne devoted
his poetry when arriving from exile after the independence war.
A city like Matanzas could not lack the historical recall, not even
in the fascinating ambience of a world-famous beach like Varadero.
the Museo Municipal de Historia offers replicas of the aboriginal
pictography found in caves of the surrounding areas. Quite interesting
are also the caves Los Musulmanes and Ambrosio, both being relevant
as to archeological studies.
The Playa Girón museum offers testimony of the quest taking
place in the province on April 1961 to defeat a mercenary invasion.Other
museums constitute a source of knowledge of the history and culture
of Matanzas: the Museo Farmacéutico, which polychromatic
porcelain pieces are of great interest for visitors, and the Museo
Oscar María de Rojas, where the struggle of Matanzas patriots