The Liberty Statue of Remedios
The Statue of Liberty is considered the most expensive gift in history. It was donated in 1886 by the French people to the American one, as an homage to the centenary of the United States independency.
Next to José Martí Park is the Monument to the Martyrs of San Juan de los Remedios, where since 1906 straightens upright the unique replica in Cuba of Lady Liberty, as it’s also known the emblematic New Yorker statue. The copy, constructed in marble from the quarry of Carrara, in Italy, was made by the sculptor Carlos Nicoly Manfredy.
Ponche de la Parroquia
Local Remedios Cocktail
To prepare the local cocktail of Remedios you need to mix:
- Orange leaves
- Caña santa
Legends of Remedios
Iglesia de la Virgin del Buen Viaje ... the legend
The legend says that in a gloomy rainy day in October 1600 about what the sailors called the Cordonaso San Francisco, a fisherman came remedying fishing with two friends early in the morning in a fragile vessel to the Tesic Bay, a place outside town in 1832. Offshore fishermen were caught in a storm. They were preparing to return in a hurry when they spotted amid the waves, drifting, a wooden box five feet long which powerfully struck, to the point that despite the urgency decided to pick it up, not without little effort and danger of sinking into the dark waters.
Imagine the surprise when they opened it and found a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary carved in wood.
"We have done a good trip, good trip," "yes good trip," repeated the other two.
They agreed to name it since then Buenviaje
The fishermen arrived Remedios town through nowadays Calle Rio which at that days was a river. At the corner lived a black man and the fishermen decided to give the virgen to this man. The next day the priest of town came at the blac mans house and told him the virgen belongs to the church and moved the wooden carved statue to Iglesia Mayor.
When at the next morning the priest looked at the spot where he placed the statue it was gone ... he surprisingly found it at the black man's house, the virgin returned by herself to the house the fishermen left her in first place.
They decided to build a second church in this place where ones was the black mans house, because the people said, The Virgen had choosen her own spot in town to live. Since that time Remedios is the only town in Cuba who has two churches at the same Plaza.
Remedios is a town of many legends.
In the middle of town, at one of the corners of Plaza Central, six images of the Remedios legends are shown.
Below two of these images and their legend
Casa El Paloma
Some centuries Augusto de Fisné Miranda form France started a chocolat store (chocolateria) in Remedios. He married a beautiful Cuban girl from Remedios who could play the piano very well and Augusto wanted her to keep on playing all the time he was around the house. One day the Cubana died from suffering malaria and Augusto a few months after because of grief missing the music. The house became a ruïn and since that time two white doves are always in the house and some times you can still hear the piano playing.
La Leyenda de El Guise
A few kilometers from Remedios town was a pond named La Bajada, in this pond lived a kind of troll named El Guise who, at night time when it was dark, ate all plants of the farmers in that area. The farmers went to the priest and asked him to find a solution to kill El Guise. The priest searched in his papers and found a writing which explained the way to do this. They had to finf 7 men named Juan who had to be spotless in heart and soul and never have had sex, holy water, oxes and a chart, a cross, chains, ropes and food to get El Guise out of the pond.
They succeed and brought El Guise in chains to the priest, the only thing left to kill El Guise was the priest has to say a holy spell. When this happened El Guise became very angry and released itself from the chains, run away back into the pond and nobody ever saw him again.