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Archdiocesan Museum, Santiago de Cuba

See the religious art in the Archdiocesan Museum of Santiago de Cuba in your stay in this incredible city.

Archdiocesan Museum, Santiago de Cuba
Archdiocesan Museum
© Pierre Langlois

Visit the Archdiocesan Museum of Santiago de Cuba and see the mixture between art and religion in the permanent exhibition housed in this beautiful building in the core of the city.

 

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With Spanish-mudejar influences, you can watch a distinguished coffered ceiling between arched beams that protect the artistic treasures kept by the Church for centuries.

This way, you will see an incredible Ecce Homo made in oil on wood by the Colombian painter Francisco Antonio. The work of art arrived to the island in 1610 and is considered the most ancient painting in Cuba. In addition to the historical and artistic value, the piece has a religious worthiness, since the diocesan Superintendent Juan Lizando y Luyando affirmed more than once that he saw the painting sweating blood.

You can watch the portraits of bishops and archbishops of the city decorating the walls of the museum. Besides, you can see the original scores of Esteban Salas, the first Cuban great musician, exhibited there.

Another of the valuable relics you can see in the museum is the crucified Christ of the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca from 1838. Carved in Bordeaux, it has impressive dimensions. Furthermore, you will see one of the faces of the “Triumphal Carriage” of the Corpus Christi used for the first time in 1883.

You will find an ample collection of wooden polychrome and plaster busts that date from the 17th century until the 19th century. You can also see other interesting collections like the crosiers of bishops and archbishops one, and the collection of Baroque crucifixes.

Next to the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Cathedral, the museum is beside the Céspedes Park and very near the Museum of Historical Cuban Atmosphere.

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Location:     

Calle Heredia Street, Santiago de Cuba.

Opening times:  

Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday  9 am - 2 pm

Sunday  9 am - 12 pm

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