Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi

Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, Havana

Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi
4.5
Speciality Museums • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The Latin inscription over the main door of this church and convent dedicated to St. Francis reads: non est in toto sanctior orbe locus (there is no holier place on earth). As it's now a museum and concert hall, it may no longer be earth's holiest place, but it certainly is one of the loveliest. Built in the 16th century, in 1730 it was restored in a baroque style, resulting in a richly adorned facade with fluted conchlike tympanums over the doors and windows. Just inside the door you'll see tombs beneath a glass floor panel. (Churches were used as cemeteries until Bishop Espada founded what is now the Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón in 1868, a detail all Cubans seem to know and cherish). Note also the 19th-century grandfather clock made by Tiffany. The rooms to the right of the nave house archaeological finds and art exhibits.
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georger572018
Glasgow, UK221 contributions
Interesting Place
Feb 2020
Spent a good hour wandering through the church and convent. Historical building in much need of repair. Nonetheless, well worth a visit if in Havana.
Written February 28, 2020
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Phuong T
Perth23 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2019
Beautiful old square with nicely preserved old church and convent. Can but quite busy with tourists during the day. But if you get there early evening and have a drink at the bar across the square from the church, it is actually quite amazing.
Written February 26, 2020
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mctavish2016
London, UK20 contributions
Interesting Church
Jan 2020
We enjoyed our visit to this Convent and church Interesting to see a convent still in use today. Well worth a stop to visit.
Written February 16, 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,693 contributions
Nice church
Dec 2019
This is a very beautiful church. Unfortunately, on my to visits there, I could not find it open. Still worth to have a look outside.
Written January 16, 2020
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NoeB1
Antwerp, Belgium1,111 contributions
Worth a visit!
Jul 2019
This used to be a concert hall and I think they still use it sometimes because the acoustic is perfect!
Written September 17, 2019
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Lynda and Mark B
Cardiff, UK175 contributions
Fantastic building
Feb 2019
Mark likes architecture and would have liked to have spent more time looking at this building. Outside are statues of Francis of Assisi and the homeless person. On the opposite side of the plaza is the conversation. At the side door are a number of bells. Lots of interesting stuff without even having to go in.
Written September 8, 2019
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gscar35
Florida364 contributions
Nice, but overrun.
Sep 2018
The church and square were very nice. The issue I had was it was very, very crowded. Perhaps just a bad day to visit.
Written July 12, 2019
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Patrick M
Crowborough, UK273 contributions
Beautiful building
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Plaza de San Francisco is a popular location for tourists but given its vast size, it never seems to be crowded or too busy. The buildings are attractive and well preserved. There are cafes around to stop and enjoy a refreshing drink. There's a good vibe here
Written May 30, 2019
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Anthony F
Devon, UK24 contributions
Lovely historic place.
Mar 2019 • Couples
Part of a great Cuba experience to see historical places.
Very popular with many visitors. A little crowded when a curse ship is in.
Written May 26, 2019
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,492 contributions
Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi
Apr 2019 • Family
This is the first square you see when you come out of the Terminal Sierra Maestra San Francisco cruise ship terminal. We walked across the street and met our tour guide here in the plaza. This church was used for their worship by the English during the year in which they ruled Havana. When it returned to Spanish rule, they chose not to use it as a church. It is now used for concerts.
Written May 9, 2019
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