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Havana Cathedral

Discover and make your way around the San Cristóbal de la Habana Cathedral in Havana, Cuba

Havana Cathedral
Havana Cathedral ©Marvin del Cid.

The San Cristóbal de La Habana Cathedral is located in Plaza de la Catedral Square, in Old Havana, with two unequal towers and a Baroque facade designed by the Italian architect Francesco Borromini.

San Cristóbal de La Habana Cathedral
San Cristóbal de La Habana Cathedral
©Wilder Méndez
Cathedral of Havana
Cathedral of Havana ©Tai Pan of HK .

Construction began in 1748 by order of Bishop Felipe José de Res Palacios. Nowadays, it is one of the most beautiful and simple religious constructions of the American Baroque style. It is a good example of Jesuit-style art.

It is dedicated to the Virgin located at the main altar. Throughout the 18th century it was refurbished several times by the architect Pedro Medina, and in 1755 its chapel was blessed by Cuban Lorenzo Camacho to Nuestra Señora de Loreto. The church became a cathedral in 1788.

This three-naved temple has a squared floor and 8 lateral chapels.

Sculpture, goldsmithing, and the tabernacle works were made in Rome by Bianchini under the direction of Spaniard Antonio Sola.

Behind the main altar there are three fresco paintings by Giuseppe Perovani. Since the 15th century, the cathedral has also housed a valuable painting of the Pope.

The human remains of Christopher Colombus rested in the central nave of this temple until 1898, when they were moved to Seville.


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San Ignacio on the corner with Empedrado, Havana - Cuba.

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