Craftsmen and their cities

Artesanos en Cidade Velha

The city of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha at the end of the 18th century, was the first European colonial settlement settled in the tropical zone. Located in the southern part...

...of the Island of Santiago, this city preserves part of its primitive urban layout, in which admirable buildings and spaces remain: two churches, a royal fortress and the Plaza de la Picota with its marble roll sculpted in style Manuelino (16th century). The city was the port and stopping place for two of the great historical navigators, Vasco da Gama, in 1497 on his route to India, and Christopher Columbus, in 1498, when he was preparing to make his third trip to America. The Ribeira Grande de Santiago City Council, to which this town belongs, recently inaugurated the first Cultural Center of Ciudad Vieja, where the "Artisan Products Exhibition Center" is located. In parallel, a craft street has been created - the historic Banana Street (the oldest artery in Cape Verde). In which the products made in the villa are exposed. Artisanal production is based on indigenous agriculture, and juices and sweets, soaps and oils are highly appreciated. Cloth dolls, articles made of wood, with bones or shells, as well as making with traditional fabrics and the production of Grogue also stand out. (Rum)