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Belén Convent, Havana

Discover the Nuestra Señora de Belén Convent in Old Havana, Cuba and learn of its history and evolution

Belén Convent, Havana
Belén Convent
© Rainer Soegtrop

The old Convento de Nuestra Señora de Belén (Nuestra Señora de Belén Convent) was built in 1718 by order of the Fathers and nuns of the Order of Belén, who spent their lives teaching, something that gave them several benefits. One century later they were owners of the Ingenio de San Cristóbal, with more than 300 slaves; later, it was directed by Jesuits and once housed the Academy of Science. It is currently an old people’s home financed by the Old Havana Historian’s Office.

Convento de Belén, Havana
Convento de Belén © Rainer Soegtrop

This is one of the most successful social projects in Havana and evidence of how money coming from tourism and State Planning are good for its inhabitants. An example of this would be the different workshops for people in great need.

Inside the convent, a meteorological observatory to prevent hurricanes has been installed.

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Calle Compostela, (between Luz and Acosta), La Habana, Cuba.

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Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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