A detour by the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception

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A detour by the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception

Havana Cathedral has stood proudly in the heart of La Habana Vieja district since its construction by the Jesuits in 1748.

On the Plaza de la Catedral, you will discover a Cuban architectural treasure. Designed by the Italian architect Francesco Borromini, its baroque facade with a greyish hue makes you think of an old postcard. Framed by two asymmetrical spires, the cathedral is also known as ‘San Cristóbal' in honour of Christopher Columbus, whose funerary monument was lodged here for many years before being repatriated to Seville. Alejo Carpentier, a 20th-century Cuban writer, poetically described the building as ‘music cut out of stone'.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982, the cathedral is particularly popular with tourists who come to admire one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. The interior of the building, soberly decorated in a neoclassical style, contains a Carrara marble altar inlaid with gold, silver and onyx. On the evening of 31 December, the bells ring throughout the city.

Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada (Catedral San Cristobal de La Habana)
Plaza de la Catedral
La Habana Vieja
10100 La Habana

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