Santa Lucia celebrates 200 years

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Tuesday marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the parish, which grew to become one of the most important municipalities on the island. From their modest beginnings with just 1,200 residents, the population has grown to 67,000, with a thriving economy surrounding the Southeast corridor.

The present parish church was built in the early twentieth century after the demolition of the previous three chapels. It was erected through the direct support of the peasant villagers living in the area, who provided free labor and donated money for its construction. The unique church building has now “become a landmark.” The municipality is preparing celebrations for the coming year to commemorate the decree of 1814. Continue reading