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To Do in Old Havana (Habana Vieja)

Part II of what you can do in Old Havana



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Catedral de San Cristobal

Catedral San CristobalThis is Old Havana's classic cathedral. The plaza fronting the cathedral and the church's baroque facade, with its asymmetrical towers, are the most visited attractions in Habana Vieja. Inside, the cathedral is simple, almost to the point of austerity, thanks to a radical 19th-century neoclassical makeover. Still, the vaulted ceilings, massive stone pillars, and modest collection of art and antiquities certainly make it worth a visit.
Of these, the 17th-century wooden sculpture of Saint Christopher is quite interesting, note the shortened legs, which were cut in order to get the piece into place.

Despite the official visiting hours listed below, the church is frequently closed tight. If you're lucky, you might be able to attend
Mass here at 8pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, or at 10:30am on Sunday

Catedral de San Cristóbal
Calle Empedrado 156
Plaza de la Catedral
La Habana Vieja
Old Havana, Cuba
Tel: +53 7 8617771

 

 

Centro Wilfredo Lam

Wilfredo LamThis little museum and gallery is dedicated to the memory of Cuba's most treasured modern artist. The museum houses a sizable collection of Lam's lithographs and acrylic works, as well as works of art and sculpture from the artist's personal collection. There's usually an interesting traveling exhibit in a separate gallery space. If you want to take a break, there's a simple cafe in a cool central courtyard

Centro Wifredo Lam
Calle San Ignacio, at the corner of Calle Empedrado
La Habana Vieja
Old Havana, Cuba
Tel: +53 7 8613419


Convento de Santa Clara de Asis

Convento Santa Clara de AsisOne of the oldest and best of the Spanish colonial monasteries on the island, this building is now home to the Centro Nacional de Restauración, Conservación y Museología or CENCREM (National Centre for Restoration, Conservation and Museum Studies).

Founded in 1644 it has, despite its peaceful history, given rise to many tales and legends of unrequited love and hidden treasure. No evidence has ever been uncovered to back up these stories. In 1919 it was sold to the Cuban government. As well as operating as a museum, there is a gallery showing contemporary Cuban art.
Admission: 3 CUC
Disabled access is available

Convento de Santa Clara de Asis
Calle Cuba No. 610 e/ Sol y Luz
Habana Vieja
Old Havana, Cuba
Tel: +53 7 612877 / 615043 / 335696

 

 

El Cristo de La Habana

El CristoHavana's statue of Christ blesses the city from the other side of the bay, much like the famous Cristo del Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. Carved from marble by Jilma Madera, it was erected in 1958 on a platform which makes a wonderful spot from which to watch the sun go down. You can reach the statue by road, or via the picturesque boat which crosses the bay. A 24 hour snack bar operates at the base.


Disabled access is available.

El Cristo de La Habana
Loma de Casablanca
Havana, Cuba


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