Cathedral of Rum in Cataño

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The Cathedral of Rum © panoramio.com - Jose L. Dominguez/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Cathedral of Rum © panoramio.com – Jose L. Dominguez/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Cathedral of Rum in Cataño, Puerto Rico, is the world’s largest rum distillery. The Bacardi Distillery is located on 137 acres and consists of forty-four buildings and structures, twenty-four of which contribute to its historical character. It can be accessed from and is located at the intersection of PR-165 and PR-888. For visitors, the most important buildings are the Casa BACARDI, the Bacardi Family Museum, the Bacardi Distillery and the Bacardi Pavilion.

Founded in Cuba in 1862 and family-owned for eight generations, Bacardi Limited employs more than 7,000 people with sales in approximately 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

Registered in Puerto Rico in 1909, it was not until January 1, 1937, when the first batch of Bacardi rum was produced in Cataño. In 1958, Bacardí purchased 138 acres of land in Cataño (a suburb of San Juan) and then governor Luis Muñoz Marín called it the “Cathedral of Rum”.

Bacardi Destillery © Bjoertvedt/cc-by-sa-4.0 © flickr.com - Jeff Hitchcock/cc-by-2.0 Bacardi Pavillion © panoramio.com - Federico Mata/cc-by-3.0 Casa Bacardi © flickr.com - Serge Melki/cc-by-2.0 The Cathedral of Rum © panoramio.com - Jose L. Dominguez/cc-by-sa-3.0 © flickr.com - Henry Mestre/cc-by-2.0
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The Cathedral of Rum © panoramio.com - Jose L. Dominguez/cc-by-sa-3.0
The Bacardi Corporation in Cataño supplies the largest quantity of rum consumed in the world and is the private company that most contributes to the public treasury of Puerto Rico.

The Bacardi Distillery was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 6, 2010, based on two criteria: (criteria A) the distillery’s enormous contribution to the economic development of Puerto Rico since its establishment and (criteria C) its designers included W. Donald Christie, Henry Klumb, Héctor Varela, and Enrique Gutiérrez. The builders included José Benítez Gutiérrez, Ramón M. Benítez, Ignacio Martín, and SAG MAC.

There is a family museum at the complex and in 2012, the Bacardi family celebrated 150 years in business and gathered at the complex in Cataño. A bust of its founder, Facundo Bacardi Masso was unveiled. Then Governor Luis Fortuño also declared a new holiday called Bacardi Day, to be celebrated on February 4, in honor of the company’s important ties to Puerto Rico and its economy.

The Bacardi complex is the second most visited tourist attraction in Puerto Rico. At the complex, tourists can go on a historical tour, a rum tasting tour and learn how to mix Bacardi rum drinks.

Read more on Bacardi.com – Casa BACARDÍ, DiscoverPuertoRico.com – Visit the Rum Distilleries of Puerto Rico and Wikipedia Cathedral of Rum (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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