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El Templete Museum, Havana

Discover El Templete Museum and all it has on display, in Old Havana, Cuba

El Templete Museum, Old Havana
El Templete Museum ©Leo Kerner.

El Templete Museum is located in a small Doric Neoclassical chapel, located in the eastern side of Plaza de Armas Square, one of the four main squares of Old Havana, in Cuba.

This chapel was built in 1828, in the same place where, in November 1519, under a Ceiba tree, the first mass in Havana was held. Inside, you’ll find three grand canvases about said mass with the Spanish authorities by French artist Jean Baptiste Vermay; and a marble urn which contains the remains of the architect of this monumental chapel, and his wife. 

El Templete Monument, Old Havana
El Templete Monument©L.Kerner.

It is surrounded by a small garden where you’ll also find a monument in honor of Christopher Columbus.

The founding of Havana is celebrated every year on November 16th by its inhabitants, especially in honor of the Ceiba tree in the building’s interior, similar to that of the 1519 mass.


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Tacón núm.1 e/ Obispo y O'Reilly (Plaza de Armas), La Habana Vieja, Cuba.

Ticket Price:

2 CUC.

Opening Hours:

From approximately 8:30am to 6:00pm.

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