The city was founded by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1514. Two blocks south from the town's main square the Parroquial Mayor is located, a venerable green towered church whose early 16th-century origins make it the country's oldest church.
Another interesting landmark in this city is one of Cuba's older bridges, over Yayabo river. Built in 1815 with clay bricks it forms 5 arcs. The entire bridge is 85 meters long and was designed for pedestrians and carriages during Colonial Cuba.