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In 1988, Valle de los Ingenios and neighbouring Trinidad were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Although most of the sugar mills are in ruins, intact structures endure at some sites, including Guachinango, where the plantation house remains, and the plantation of Manaca Iznaga, where the owner's house, a tower and some barracones, the original slave quarters, still stand. Although the barracones are now used as housing and are in poor repair, the house (which has been converted into a restaurant) and the "Iznaga Tower" are well maintained. The 45 metre (147 ft) tower was constructed sometime in 1816 by the owner, Alejo Maria Iznaga y Borrell. According to experts, the bell that formerly hung on top of the tower announced the beginning and the end of the work day for the slaves, as well as the times for prayers to the Holy Virgin in the morning, midday and afternoon. It was also used to sound an alarm in case of fire or slave escape. The height and magnificence of the tower served to display Iznaga's power over his slaves and his stature in the sugar industry and local society; at one time it was the tallest structure in Cuba. A recognised landmark of the region, the Iznaga Tower testifies to the area's flourishing material culture in the Spanish colonial period. The large bell now rests at the foot of the tower.In my previous post you can see a view taken from the tower.See WS too!

LA TORRE DI CONTROLLO.
Il principale luogo di interesse turistico della Valle de los Ingenios,è la Manaca Iznaga, 16 km a est di Trinidad, fondata nel 1750, questa tenuta di proprietà di uno degli uomini più ricchi di Cuba, arricchitosi con la tratta degli schiavi, ha una torre alta 44 metri che veniva usata un tempo come mirador per controllare gli schiavi nei campi e ora per ammirare il panorama della valle. La torre è abbellita da 136 colonne.Ovviamente ai suoi piedi sono stati allestiti dei mercatini,in particolare di tovaglie ricamate a mano.Nel mio post precedente potete vedere una panoramica presa dalla torre.Nel WS un'immagine del luogo ai tempi del suo massimo splendore.

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