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Yemayá Temple in Trinidad

Discover the culture of the Cuban santería in the Yemayá Temple, where the Afro-Cuban culture and the identity of Trinidad are reflected.

Casa Templo de Santería Yemayá, Trinidad
Casa Templo de Santería Yemayá, Trinidad
© Lyana Fernández

The Yemayá Temple is located a few metres away from the Plaza Mayor Square of Tinidad, in an 18th-century house which catches the attention due to the colour of its blue façade and the sober blacksmith’s shop that protects its walls.

The house is a Santería temple where there is an altar dedicated to the deity of the sea, the image of Yemayá. She is the goddess of the sea represented by a black doll dressed in white and decorated with fish that represent Yemayá’s sons’ eyes.

The historical and cultural importance of this temple lies in the duality of the use as religious temple and house at the same time, reflecting the Afro-Cuban culture and the local identity. As soon as you set foot inside this house you will feel the mixture of cultures and religions from different times, from the slavery times to the spiritism that came from the United States.

According to the story, the temple rose up from an Afro-Aboriginal burial found in the courtyard of the house, made of spherulite stones, axes and fishing tools that belonged to slaves.

In the courtyard nextdoor, take place Carnival activities and the Parrandas, two festivities you should not miss if the are celebrated while you are there.

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Location:

C/ Rubén Martínez Villena,59, Trinidad, Cuba.

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There is no admission price but a donation is usually given.

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