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Coordinates: 21 ° 23 ′  N , 77 ° 55 ′  W
Map: Cuba
Camagüey on the map of Cuba
Basic data
Country Cuba
province Camaguey
City foundation 1514
Residents 323,309  (2012)
City insignia
Camaguey escudo.jpg
Detailed data
surface 1098.58
Population density 294.3 inhabitants / km 2
height 95  m
Post Code 70100
prefix +53 322
Time zone UTC -5
City patron Santa María
View of Camagüey.
View of Camagüey.

Camagüey is the fourth largest city in Cuba with 323,309 inhabitants (2012 census) and the capital of the province of the same name .


The city was founded in 1514 as Santa María del Puerto Príncipe by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar on the north coast near the natural port of Nuevitas, but relocated inland twice by 1528 due to frequent pirate raids . In 1668, however, it was burned down by pirates under Henry Morgan . The city has had its current name since 1923 after an Indian leader.

One of the Tinajones

The old town of Camagüey is the largest preserved after that of Havana . The cathedral at Parque Ignacio Agramonte dates from 1748. A special feature are the very large, bulbous clay jugs ( tinajones ) that are still standing next to many entrances or in the inner courtyards . They were used to collect rainwater as the city suffered from a constant lack of water.

In 2008 the historic center of Camagüey was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site .



Camagüey has an international airport, Ignacio Agramonte International Airport ( CMW ) ( MUCM ). It is also located on the Carretera Central - the central country road running across Cuba from west to east, on which most of the inner-Cuban motor traffic is handled.

Individual evidence

  1. Census 2012 (PDF; 257 kB) , ONE

Web links

Commons : Camagüey  - collection of images, videos and audio files