Matanzas

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Matanzas
San Carlos y San Severino de Matanzas
The city and bay of Matanzas
The city and bay of Matanzas
Nickname(s): 
La Atenas de Cuba
Venice of Cuba
City of Bridges
Matanzas municipality (red) within Matanzas Province (yellow) and Cuba
Matanzas municipality (red) within
Matanzas Province (yellow) and Cuba
Coordinates: 23°03′4″N 81°34′31″W / 23.05111°N 81.57528°W / 23.05111; -81.57528Coordinates: 23°03′4″N 81°34′31″W / 23.05111°N 81.57528°W / 23.05111; -81.57528
CountryCuba
ProvinceMatanzas
Settled1572
Founded1693
Established1695
Area
 • Total317 km2 (122 sq mi)
Elevation
20 m (70 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total145,246
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Matancero/a
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
Postal code
40100
Area code(s)+53 52

Matanzas (Cuban Spanish pronunciation: [maˈtansas]) is the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. It is located on the northern shore of the island of Cuba, on the Bay of Matanzas (Spanish Bahia de Matanzas). It is 90 kilometres (56 mi) east of the capital Havana and 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of the resort town of Varadero.

Matanzas is called the City of Bridges, for the seventeen bridges that cross the three rivers.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ciudad de Matanzas Archived 2020-01-18 at the Wayback Machine - A website with much information in Spanish about the city of Matanzas, from its foundation to the present day (in Spanish)