The Splendor of Cuba

The Splendor of Cuba

450 Years of Architecture and Interiors

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An unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed, and inaccessible to visitors. At a time when more travelers are rediscovering Cuba, this lavishly illustrated volume offers a different view of the island's cultural achievements. It presents not the picturesque Cuba of Castro's era, with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, with its Mudejar craftsmanship and baroque palacios, the sugarcane plantations (ingenios) and coffee plantations (cafetales), and classically inspired grand mansions.
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2011
ISBN: 9780847835676
0847835677
Branch Call Number: 720.97291 C76299S 2011
Characteristics: 320 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Winebrenner, Brent

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The opulent world of the Spanish aristocracy of colonial Cuba survives in palacios, mansions, and private homes, documented in this photographic tour of the island’s old world grandeur.

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Apr 10, 2012

This is a very large coffee table book; it's hard to hold while reading in a chair. And it's not really useful to the 99.9% of us. These homes are really mansions and palaces - not relevant to most people's design needs. I have to give the author credit though. When he writes about Cuba's history he also includes the fact that these decadent buildings were built with slave labor and the riches that allowed the buildings to be built came about because of slave labor. It rather dampens one's enthusiasm for the grand homes of Cuba.

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