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Christian Churches of Havana (Self Guided), Havana

Discovered and conquered by the Spaniards, Havana has turned into a major religious center of Catholicism in the Caribbean. Although a communist regime is in power at the moment, many of the churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings are preserved and still give a glimpse of the religious heritage of Havana.
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Guide Name: Christian Churches of Havana
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana (See other walking tours in Havana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: kane
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo
  • Convento de Nuestra Senora de Belen
  • Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje
  • Havana Cathedral
  • Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula

1) Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula

Saint Francis of Paula Church used to serve as a women's hospital in the past, but after the hurricane in 1730, it was destroyed and rebuilt to become a church. However, it was abandoned for some years before its latest restoration in 1946. The church has a unique Baroque architectural style.
Iglesia del Espíritu Santo

2) Iglesia del Espíritu Santo

Iglesia del Espíritu Santo is the earliest-built christian church in the city of Havana. The church is well known for its possession of some exceptional images on linen, plus a crypt with catacombs. Built in 1638, it's also the only church in Havana to give political asylum. The bell tower on the left side of the building is amongst the tallest buildings in the old part of the city.
Convento de Nuestra Senora de Belen

3) Convento de Nuestra Senora de Belen

Convento de Nuestra Senora de Belen was finished in 1718, and was given to the first members of the order of Bethlehem that arrived in Havana. After it had been the property of the Spanish government, it was taken by the Jesuits and enlarged. Today, the church has just one arch and a gate with beautiful stone statues depicting different saints.
Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje

4) Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje

Iglesia del Cristo was constructed in mid 17th century and in 1693, it was certified as a parish church by the most distinguished priest of the Cuban episcopate - Bishop Avelino de Compostela. There's a picture of Christ on the Cross inside the church, which is believed to keep travelers from harm. The Baroque motifs and its towers make the church unique.
Havana Cathedral

5) Havana Cathedral (must see)

Constructed by the Jesuits (1748–77) on the site of an earlier church, La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception) is also dedicated to Saint Christopher, thus it is sometimes dubbed as Catedral de San Cristobal.

Set in the former Plaza de La Ciénaga or Swamp Plaza, the Cathedral is said to be the only example of a baroque facade that was designed with asymmetrical features – one of the towers is wider than the other. This particular feature was conceived in order to allow the water that tended to accumulate on the plaza to freely flow through the streets during the colonial period when it was built.

Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier famously described the Cathedral as "music set in stone". In fact, its structure is notable for being built with a stone which is very different from what folks are used to in Europe. It lends it a particular color but it is really beautiful. Nearby there are terraces, music, and people all around offering drinks, food, cigars, and many more – the essence of the city.

Note that despite the official opening times, the Cathedral is often locked, though you can sometimes gain access just before mass.
Admission is free – although there is a small charge if you wish to go up the bell tower – and there are free cover-ups for those with short shorts or bare shoulders.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:30am-3pm; Sat: 10:30am-2pm; Sun: 9am-12pm

Mon, Fri: 7:15am; Tue, Thu: 8:15pm; Sat: 5:30pm; Sun: 10:30am
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

6) Convento de San Francisco de Asis

Convento de San Francisco de Asis pays homage to the Corinthian and Doric styles, and it has a few remnants of early Baroque architectural style as well. It has been destroyed several times but has managed to retain its magnificent antique looks. It's located in the old part of the city and is easily accessible.

Walking Tours in Havana, Cuba

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Havana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Clubbing in Havana

Clubbing in Havana

The nightlife in Havana is rich and diverse. Clubs and cabarets are an important part of this city. Havana has a lot to offer - from the famous cabaret Tropicana to the simplest but authentic cabarets. Take a sip of rum and enjoy a show, or go to a Western-style bar and dance until dawn. Feel enticed by the rhythms of Rumba and Bolero - these are some of choices available to you here in Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Historic Architecture Tour

Historic Architecture Tour

Havana, once a major sea power in the Caribbean, still retains an aura of royalty and splendor. Take this walk and explore the architectural landmarks of the city and see mixtures of all the styles that have dominated major civilizations in the past several hundred years.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Old Town Walk

Old Town Walk

Old Town of Havana is a perfect place to feel the Spirit of Cuba. This part of the city has a unique atmosphere and history. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1519. Thousands of tourists visit it each year. UNESCO proclaimed it a world heritage site. Take this astonishing walking tour in the middle of Old Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Specialty Shopping in Havana

Specialty Shopping in Havana

Shopping in Havana will leave you not only with unique and beautiful memorabilia, but it will also let you walk in the shoes of Cubans themselves. Stroll the narrow streets of Havana and see all that the city has to offer. Choose from a variety of unique objects representing the culture of the city and its history. Below, you can see how to visit the best of the shopping spots of Havana.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Nightlife in Eastern "La Habana"

Nightlife in Eastern "La Habana"

Havana is one of the capitals of nightlife in the Caribbean. Coming to Havana and taking a tour of its bars and nightclubs is a must. If you want to understand the city, you have to feel the heat of its night. Take this tour and experience some of the best places to spend a wonderful night out.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Museums of Havana

Museums of Havana

Havana has a rich history and was once the Spanish center of power in the Caribbean and South America. Later, it became the center of art, architecture and military power in the region. The museums in Havana can show you much of the city's history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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