Wonderful old cathedral in Old Havana. Definitely worth it to go inside and have a look. Funny to see two ladies practising Santaria within steps of the Cathedral.
The Cathedral dates from the 18th Century. I was lucky enough to arrive during a historic Saturday high mass (otherwise, the doors are usually closed). The Cathedral, which appears much larger inside than outside, was packed and in full glory. Above the high alter is a statue of the Assumption of Mary and above that, a painting of the same... More
This is not so much an historical church as a museum that wears a cassock. If you want to to pray, there is a quiet blessed sacrament chapel to the left of the main altar. I was there right about closing time, went into spend time in the chapel, and when I came back out, the main doors were shut... More
get away the hustle and bustle of old Havana by stepping into the cathedral situated on a busy square / plaza a peacefulness descends as you enter the inside is not over decorated or elaborate but the chandelier is worth seeing
The cathedral overlooks an uncrowned and pleasant square where you can pick up a good value meal. Though there ar very cheap pizza shops and food outlets in many place...try not to be lured as the meals are most often made with unpasturised cheese and could lead to longer term problems for the sake of a couple of $!!
I am not a religious person, but enjoy history etc., it was basic church with beggars outside wanting money, the funny thing for me was I was wearing shorts and was let in the main body of the church, but my wife who was wearing shorts was not, because she was female
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