Mayaguez is a beautiful, exotic city located in Puerto Rico, United States of America. The city is also nicknamed La Sultana del Oeste, La Ciudad de las Aguas Puras and El Pueblo del Mango. Mayaguez was settled under the name of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria and received the title of Excelente Ciudad de Mayaguez - Excellent City of Mayaguez. The area of the city was inhabited by the Taino Indians before the Spanish settlement. This took place officially on September 18, 1769 and on May 7, 1836, the city was named a villa. The main activity of the settles was agriculture. In present, the main pillars of the economy are Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, Honeywell and Lockheed.
Top Attractions within Mayaguez
Mayaguez City Hall also known as Alcaldia de Mayaguez is located in the main square of the city. It was first built in 1845 and destroyed in 1918 by an earthquake. The building you can currently see was raised in 1926. The great city hall has a neoclassical style and an imposing portico. The architect was Carmoega, who collaborated with engineer Font Jimenez, under the guidance of Ignacio Flowers Lorenzo.
Plaza Colon is the main square of Mayaguez. The square commemorates Christopher Columbus and the name of the square comes from Cristobal Colon - his name in Spanish. The plaza is the home of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Cathedral and is paved with marble. It was designed in the mid 19th century.
Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Cathedral or Our Lady of the Candelaria Cathedral is located in Plaza Colon. It was built in Mayaguez three years after the city was settled and consecrated in 1760, on August 12.
Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo is the only zoo in Mayaguez, named in honor of its first manager. The animals in the zoo are from all continents and benefit of all facilities.