Camaguey's labyrinthine streets and alleys

Camaguey's labyrinthine streets and alleys

You’d be right to assume the winding, labyrinthine streets and alleys of Camaguey where designed to disorientate and baffle out-of-towners. Cuba’s third largest and other world heritage-listed city was designed as such to repel invasion. After almost continuous attacks from pirates, the original Camaguey, founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515, was moved further inland in 1528. The new city was built with a confusing lay-out that made it easier to defend from raiders. You’ll more happily wander up blind alleys and down forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes, but should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, they’ll find there is only one exit - the hope was that the local inhabitants would be able to entrap and kill any invaders as they tried to find there way out again. You, on the other hand, will be keen to stay, as will the current, less wary residents.

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