Trinidad is not my most favourite town in Cuba because it’s very touristic. But there I found a gem – the most beautiful house in Cuba that is also a museum (Romantic Museum, to be precise). As I joked with my Cuban guide, now I can move to Cuba. I have all I need (that is if that house could be mine)!
Cuban Romanticism in Trinidad
The most beautiful museum in Cuba is the Romantic Museum, located right in front of the beautiful Plaza Mayor. Many people see it just like a beautiful house, which it is, and pass by without entering this jewellery box. The history of the house is connected with the family of Jose Mariano Borell y Padron, one of the wealthiest people of Trinidad from the past. Truth to be told, he most probably built his home with money from slavery.
At Romantic Museum, in every corner, even now, you feel an intense female presence. You will find it in the beautifully set dining table, the colorеd Bohemian crystal and the canopy over the bed. The walls are finely decorated and the furniture imported from France is rich in decorative details.
Why Should You Visit This Museum in Cuba?
These are my reasons that I think make the museum so interesting for the women travellers:
Brunet Palace (as it’s also known) stands in the centre of Trinidad as the only proof of wealth during the colonial times. It is time when all luxurious furnishings were delivered from Europe by boats. (The contrast between this family’s houses and their slaves’ living conditions slaves must have been incomparable altogether.
People that lived in this house definitely had the best view of Trinidad. The many windows offer different perspectives to the main square, the streets around and Escabray Mountains in the background. (The mountains are another of the best places to visit in Cuba.)
The family had TWELVE! daughters. You can almost imagine them sitting in the corners, on the chairs next to the open windows, reading calmly or chatting lively.
Anyway, this is how I saw the Romantic museum. I am sure that because of its very personal character, every visitors sees it differently and goes back home with a very different story.
You can visit Trinidad on a one-day private tour from Varadero or Havana.