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Guasch Palace, a Jewel of Eclecticism in Cuba

Guasch Palace, a Jewel of Eclecticism in Cuba

Havana, April 7 (Prensa Latina) Seahorses, gargoyle-like heads and winged monsters take visitors by surprise when arriving to the Guasch Palace, an eclectic building of the city of Pinar del Río, in Cuba’s westernmost province.
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The current Tranquilino Sandalio de Noda Natural History Museum dates back to 1914, when its designer and constructor, Francisco Guasch Ferrer, finished his work with the assistance of only two builders, as a present to his wife.

According to historic files, the creator’s conception of the work had a peculiar style, which included a reinterpretation of different cultures he met and a combination of elements characteristic of the Gothic, Egyptian, Byzantine and Islamic art, with influences of Catalan modernism.

For that reason, in the palace, people can appreciate a Doric capital, Arab pointed arches and Hindu porticos, as well as an Egyptian columns in which the Pharaoh and his court appear.

For the palace whose construction began in 1909, Dr. Guasch Ferrer used all his economic resources and also devised the stained glass windows, painted pictures for the walls, built much of the furniture and designed the lamps, later made in Europe.

Another attraction of the place is the universe of creatures from the animal kingdom, in a facility whose patio looks like a Jurassic park – with dinosaur sculptures made of stone.

The Guasch Palace is considered one of the first jewels of eclecticism in Cuba and the Américas.

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