Palacio de Valle
Palacio de Valle is an architectural jewel located in the Punta Gorda, in the city of Cienfuegos reminiscent of Spanish-Moorish art with influences of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Mudejar arts. Place of cultural events, in addition to restaurant (specializing in seafood), museum and bar. National Heritage Memorial in Cienfuegos.
The land was purchased by the dealer Don Acisclo del Valle, owner of several plants, including the now defunct San Lino wit. The construction began in 1913 and the work was entrusted to Italian architect Alfredo Colli and foreman Juan Suarez, ending in 1917, costing a million and half pesos. It turned an architectural whim.
It is Gothic influences, Romanesque, Baroque and Italianate combined with the Mudejar style was in vogue in Spain in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It is assumed that craftsmen were involved in this work and experts of different nationalities for each specialty.
The Spanish carver Antonio Barcenas made the gateway to the garden. The Frank Palacios founded in Cienfuegos bronze railing of the staircase, the shields and ornaments of the front and all hardware. The painter Miguel Lamoglia Cienfuegos, decorated carved wood imitating the office of master of the house and painted the beautiful crystals allegories of Carrara marble staircase.
All materials were imported from Carrara marble, alabaster also Italian, Venetian ceramics Granada, Spanish ironwork and forgings, mosaics and glass Talavera European hardwood mahogany least in our country. In the interior decorations of the building, there are inscriptions that indicate the nationality of the artisans involved in its construction like this: "Lag log ila illegible," a phrase from the Koran which means "Only God is God."
The building is a mixture of the most varied styles, it is dominated by particular styles and architectural unity: cornices crowning the entrance to the halls and doorways, arches dominating the equilateral and acute warheads. The fine stucco walls and paintings. The pavement consists of colorful collections of mosaics, high ceilings and spacious rooms, sliding ventilation and light to its many rooms. This building has two floors, a roof terrace with pergolas and Monareta, which is reached via a metal spiral staircase and a basement where they found the servant's quarters.
Hall, with entry Gothic style with arched windows and stained glass: living room, Empire style paneled in gold, pink marble baseboards and application of bronze and white marble floors.
The music room and games, French Louis XVI style, with ceramic floors show allegories of chess, checkers, dominoes, etc.. A small sewing room with tiled floors mimicking fans, with white tiled plinths and a frieze of Japanese daisies, golden fire. Both this site and the husband's office door with his initials are carved beautifully.
In the background, in the east, the dining room is the most lavish of the mansion, complete Mudejar style, imitating the famous playground of the Alhambra in Granada, giving the most colorful in the garden. Behind the staircase, kitchen with pantry. On the staircase giving access to private rooms, is a beveled mirror, a jewel of art, where you can see colored crystals transparent to the end of the afternoon, the sun's rays, which illuminate a path where observed lowering of "Three Kings".
Eight bedrooms, two bathrooms and four Venetian style, the main marble from Carrara and vitrolite. It has several terraces and halls with different styles and different sockets. Roof top the three towers, a Gothic-Roman influence, India and other third which is a Moorish minaret of a roundabout and also settled in the roof deck. The first symbolizes strength, love the second and third, religion as an institution.
In the 1950's, an investment company bought the land on which stands the palace, which was thought to turn it into a gambling casino adjacent to the Hotel Jagua, but it prevented the revolutionary triumph. Today the Palacio de Valle is one of the symbols of Cienfuegos by architectural and historical values ??and environmental as well as its relationship with the bay and the Hotel Jagua.