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El Cobre Basilica

El Cobre, Cuba
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

On our way to the Sierra Maestra mountains we stopped at this wonderful Basilica. It is one of Cubas most important churches.We went on the Feast of the Immaculate conception and mass was being said ,the church was full,so didn't really get time to see the church .Lots of pilgrames were bringing offerings to The Virgin de la Cobre.many carrying... More

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We visited the Basilica on our first day in Santiago de Cuba. The drive was about 30 minutes but there was a lot to see along the way. It is the home of the icon of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, Cuba’s patron saint, and is one of the holiest sanctuaries in the country. Along the way there were many... More

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This church was supposedly built to commemorate the 17th Century fishermen who believed they were saved from a storm by preying to La Virgen de la Cardidad del Cobre, the patroness of Cuba. A supposed fragment of the Virgin Mary statute that saved them is memorialized in the church. The Basicila (built in 1926) is located near the now mostly... More

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

El Cobre Basilica is a very pretty church just outside Santiago in the small village of El Cobre which is set up on a hill in the village next to the Sierra Maestra mountains which they mine copper from . Along the road to the church are vendors that sell sunflowers to place at the front on the church( yellow... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Very very nice cathedral in an isolated area a little distant from Santiago. The main reason for visiting this cathedral is that Cubans have such a big devotion for the black Virgin. Also because the great Pope John XXIII visited this church a few years ago and crowned the said Virgin with a golden crown. Cubans are vey proud of... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Very nice church, interesting to see mementos left by people. I'm not religious, but I liked it. Went with Cubans who also took me to the slave memorial statue (on the hill that you can see from the church). The walk up to the statue was hot with no shade, but fairly easy because of steps and good trail, only... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

To honor both Nuestra Senora de la Caridad, and Ochun, a Santeria goddess, wear yellow when you visit this lovely basilica surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and trees.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Well, location is great, and the church is really beautiful. On the other hand, if you`re not into religious tourism, there is nothing to be seen here. Even in winter the weather is hot and after the last hurricane, trees are not helpful when trying to reach a shade.

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