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  • Churches and Convents: Havana Cathedral

    Havana Cathedral

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: San Ignacio y Empedrado, Old Havana. Cuba
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  • Description

    The area where the Plaza de la Catedral is located used to be, according to 17th century records, a marshland renewed each year during the rainy season. At the place where the plaza was created, and due to its surface’s properties, the waters became stagnant, so that the place was known at the beginning as Plaza de la Ciénaga (Swamp Square). Nevertheless, around the middle of 16th century, the first requests by the neighbors to buy nearby lots were made, because during the dry season the stagnant waters disappeared and the living conditions improved.

    In order to overcome the difficulties that the rainy season meant for communications with the city proper, in the year of 1577 the authorities projected the construction of a wooden bridge. Ten year later, Governor Gabriel Luján wrote to the king due to the widespread drought suggesting the creation of a pond to take advantage of some springs streaming out of the spot where today we find the crossing of San Ignacio Street and Callejón del Chorro.

    In 1592 the engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli finished his work on the Zanja Real, the first aqueduct built by the Spanish in America. One of its branches reached to the Callejón del Chorro, next to the Plaza de la Catedral.

    In spite of the distribution of the lots at the swamp, and as a request from the crown, the Plaza was not intended for sale or to build on. Until the beginning of the 18th century the square was used for the restocking of the metropolis navy and commercial fleet’s water supplies.

    In 1727 the work on the church that would give this plaza a greater importance began. Eventually it came to be known as Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square).

    This is one of the most valuable historical sites in the city, especially for its majestic early 18th century houses. A good example of this kind of architecture is the house of the Captain General Luis Chacón, facing the Cathedral. To the west we find the house the former alderman Francisco F. Ponce de León, Third Marquis of Aguas Claras built; later on acquired by the counts of San Fernando de Peñalver. In front of the house of the Marquis of Aguas Claras there are two adjoining houses, one belonging to the Count of Lombillo (corner of Empedrado Street) and the other to the Marquis of Arcos, Royal Treasurer whose name was Diego Peñalver Angulo and who earned the title because of its services during the English siege and occupation. In 1825 the Post Office moved into this house.

    All these domestic buildings have been preserved thanks to the mastery of its builders and the quality of the construction materials employed. Wide doors and windows, grilles and huge gates with thick pillars are usual elements in these houses.

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  • Airports next to Havana Cathedral
  • Havana Airport

    José Martí International Airport (IATA: HAV, ICAO: MUHA), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is a hub for Cubana de Aviación, Aerogaviota, and Aero Caribbean, and former Latin American hub for Aeroflot Soviet Airlines.[2] It is Cuba's main international and domestic gateway, and serves several million passengers each year. The airport lies in the municipality of Boyeros and connects Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, and one destination in Africa. It is named in memory of patriot and poet José Martí. In the 1960s the airport was bombed by B-26 aircraft from Brigade 2506, a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles attempting to liberate Cuba from Fidel Castro. Cubans are not allowed to own aircraft or use the airport for either private or commercial flight. Only government-owned aircraft are allowed to use the facilities. There are currently four passenger terminals in use at the airport, plus a freight terminal.[3] Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights. Terminal 2 opened in 1988, primarily for charter flights to the United States. Ten years later on April 27, 1998, the International Terminal 3 was opened by Canada's then-Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, and former Cuban president, Fidel Castro. International Terminal 3 offers many modern facilities and jetways that the former international Terminal 1 did not provide. Terminal 5 is operated by Aerocaribbean. Today, Copa Airlines is the foreign airline with most flights to the airport, operating 34 flights a week (roughly 5 daily flights) from Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia. The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).

  • Playa Baracoa Airport

    Playa Baracoa Airport serves domestic flights scheduled by the local airline Aerogaviota and is situated about 28 km west of Havana, in the village of Playa Baracoa, (Province Artemisa).

  • Car Rental offices next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • Car Rental office Hotel Ambos Mundos

    Calle Obispo esq Mercaderes, Habana Vieja
    8669616 234m

    Car Rental office Museo de la Revolucion

    Calle Refugio. Nro. 1, entre Zuleta y Avenida de las Misiones
    78632271 506m

    Car Rental office Crucero

    Avenida del Puerto, la Habana Vieja
    8660284 549m

    Car Rental office Terminal de Crucero

    Ave del Puerto. Habana Vieja.
    8626343 626m

    Car Rental office Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Padro esq Refugio, La Habana Vieja
    8669156 698m

  • Gas stations next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • La Rampa

    Calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8731480/873148 2km 758m

    Tángana

    Malecón y 13. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334588 3km 463m

    L y 17

    L y 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334587 3km 477m

    Guanabo

    Vía Blanca No. 46005 y 462, Intermitente de Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 964093/964094 3km 477m

    Riviera

    Paseo y Malecon. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333027 5km 156m

    Ayestarán

    Ayestarán y Ave. de Rancho Boyeros. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 666051 5km 209m

    17 y 12

    Calle 12 esq. a 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8339238/8333272 5km 303m

    Santa Catalina

    Santa Catalina y Vento. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 335531 5km 854m

    El Tunel

    Calle 2 No. 518 e/ 5ta. B y 7ma. B, Miramar, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2041906/2047470 6km 391m

    31 y 18

    Ave. 31 y 18, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040520 7km 023m

  • Restaurants next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • El Patio

    Plaza de la Catedral, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671034 45m

    La Bodeguita del Medio

    Calle Empedrado No. 207, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671364 69m

    La Dominica

    OReilly No. 108 esq. a Mercaderes, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8602918 166m

    Don Giovanni

    Old Havana. Cuba
    +53 7 335979 176m

    Don Ricardo, Hotel Palacio de O'Farril

    Cuba No. 102 esq. a Chacon, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8605080 184m

    Roof Garden Torre del Oro

    Trocadero No. 55 e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8608560 234m

    La Floridiana, Hotel Florida

    Obispo No. 252 esq. a Cuba, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8624127 258m

    La Mina

    Obispo No. 109 esq. a Oficios, Plaza de Armas, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8620216 285m

    La Torre de Marfil

    Mercaderes e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8326256 297m

    El Templete

    Ave. del Puerto No.12 esq. a Narciso Lopez, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8668807 305m

  • Automatic Cash next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • 0011

    Calle 17 e/ M y N, FOCSA. Havana City
    3km 352m

    0014

    Línea No. 705 e/ Paseo y A. Havana City
    4km 950m

    0073

    Calle 1ra. No. 40 e/ 0 y 2, CIMEX
    6km 604m

    0115

    Calle 70 e/ 1ra. y 3ra., Hotel LTI Panorama. Havana City
    9km 565m

    0160

    Calle 17 No. 8215 e/ 82 y 84. Havana City
    9km 786m

    0030

    Ave. 3ra. e/ 78 y 80. Havana City
    9km 916m

    0067

    Calle 16 No. 306 e/ 3ra. y 5ta.. Havana City
    9km 916m

    0183

    Calle 16 No. 310 e/ 3ra. y 5ta. Havana City
    9km 916m

    0031

    5ta. Ave. esq. a 112. Havana City
    11km 189m

  • Currency Exchange next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • Lonja del Comercio

    Calle Oficios esq. a Baratillo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 669628 447m

    Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Refugio. Havana City
    (537) 8639030 697m

    Hotel Parque Central

    Paseo del Prado e/ Neptuno y Virtudes. Havana City
    788m

    Hotel Deauville

    Calle Galiano esq. a Malecón. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    1km 214m

    Hotel Vedado

    Calle O e/ 23 y 21. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    2km 888m

    Hotel Nacional

    Calle O y 21. Havana City
    (537) 8733564 3km 587m

    Hotel Cohiba

    Calle Paseo e/ 1ra. y 3ra. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    5km 189m

    Hotel Riviera

    Calle Paseo esq. a Malecón. Havana City
    (537) 662185 5km 310m

    Agromercado 15 y 24

    Calle 15 y 24, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333915 5km 986m

    Kasalta

    Ave. 5ta.B esq. a calle 2. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 423m

  • Clinics next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • Hermanos Ameijeiras

    San Lazaro No. 701 e/ Belascoain y Marquez Gonzalez. Centro Haban
    (537) 8761000 2km 005m

    Retinosis Pigmentaria Centro Internacional Camilo Cienfuegos

    Calle L No. 151 e/ Linea y 13, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8333886 3km 603m

    Instituto Cardiovascular

    Calle 17 esq. a Paseo, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8382652-53 4km 628m

    SPA Hotel Riviera

    Malecón y Paseo, Vedado . Havana City
    (537) 8368756 5km 310m

    Sucursal Servicios Médicos Internacionales

    Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2040114 6km 709m

    Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria

    Calle 18 esq. a 43. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 734m

    Cira Garcia, Clinica Central

    Calle 20 No. 4101 esq. a 41. Playa . Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040331 6km 792m

    Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital

    Calle 76 No. 3104. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2654800 9km 059m

    Comodoro, SPA Club

    Ave 1ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2045049 10km 119m

    Orthopedic Hospital Frank Pais

    Ave. 51 No. 19603 e/ 196 y 200. Havana City, Cuba
    (537) 2627022 ext. 478 12km 964m

  • Drugstores next to Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
  • International Drugstore Hotel Sevilla

    Calle Prado esq. a Trocadero. Havana City
    (5348) 8615703 697m

    International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre

    Calle 23 esq. a L , Vedado. Havana City
    (5348) 8319538 3km 179m

    International Drugstore 41 y 20

    Ave. 41 esq. a 20, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2069985 6km 858m

    International Drugstore Casa Bella

    7ma. Ave. y 22 No. 2603. Havana City
    (537) 2047980 7km 403m

    International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios

    Ave 3ra. y 82, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2044515 9km 908m

    International Drugstore SPA Comodoro

    Ave 3ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2049385 10km 119m

  • Havana Cathedral is located in Havana
  • Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

    The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

    The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

    Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

    Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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    • birdsofafeather1
      rolly
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
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      Cathedral
      It is the greatest example of the so-called “Cuban baroque style,” that was developed in Cuba at the beginning of the 18th century. Its construction started in 1748 and was stopped in 1767, when its managing agency, Compañía de Jesús (Jesus Company) was expelled from Spain and overseas territories –of course, Havana included--. Short time later, it was agreed to continue building it to transfer the Main Parish to such place. The construction finished in 1777, and it was given the rank of Cathedral in 1787. For over 100 years-from 1796 to 1898-the body of Christopher Columbus lay in a mausoleum here. This was the last one of the main squares to be built. During the second half of the XVI century, some neighbors built their houses in this area and named it the swamp, because this is where the waters coming from the city gathered before going into the sea. It is therefore that the first running water system in Havana, Zanja Real, would relieve its waters through a whole on the wall of the square, at a place today known as El Chorro (The Stream), where there is currently a commemorative plate. This square became one of the main places of the city during the XVIII century, wealthy families of Havana’s high society started then to build mansions that can still be seen in the area. Its aspect changed completely, and its name became Cathedral Square after the outstanding Church of Jesus was built on one of its sides. In the XX century, constructions took place in the square, as well as some restoration work considering the city planning work of a French man known as Portier, who earned the credit for the flower on the pavement. The Cathedral Square is a charming and monumental place, inseparable from the soul of the City of Havana.

    • birdsofafeather1
      b11lrs
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Average

      “Looks great from the outside ”
      As you enter the square you can see the Cathedral and it has an old world charm. It takes about three steps to get inside and sadly for me the charm disappeared. Most of the pews are cut off to prevent visitors from sitting down and there was little to see.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Fatima786
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Very good

      “"Serene" ”
      Quite and peaceful inside and also an escape from the hot sun. Not much place to sit , but still you can see people wanting to say a little prayer and standing quitely comtemplating. There is a guide from Cuba inside and he gives the whole history for a small donation. The pedlars outside add colour and fun. Best to... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      downingman
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Very good

      “Worth a look ”
      Shorts and uncovered arms not allowed. Nowhere nearly as bedecked in gold and silver as many Catholic churches in the Americas (go to Cusco for that), but worth a fifteen minute visit. For photographers, some good lighting effect inside. Go before 1100 and it's not too busy.

    • birdsofafeather1
      baxter932
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Very good

      “A beautiful place ”
      We toured around the outside then went in to see. It is beautiful and there are people praying so be respectful and quiet. We sat and said a little prayer for Cuba.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Vrot
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Very good

      “Nice place - quiet in the morning ”
      Go to this place early in the morning, when tourists are still in bed or in their hotels. Then the place is quiet and has a good vibration.

    • birdsofafeather1
      mountkeen
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Very good

      “Surprisingly small ”
      A rather low key cathedral with little of the ornate vulgarity usually associated with Catholic churches. Completely deserted when we visited and wonderfully cool after the hot sun of old Havana. Worth a visit for the architecture and for the plaza.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Willie406
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Excellent

      “Excellent Architecture ”
      The cathedral is awesome and must be seen when in Habana. The street vendors in the square are great for grabbing a quick snack.

    • birdsofafeather1
      RedRose212
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Excellent

      “Cuba, It's People & Culture - People to People Program ”
      I liked the priest who was from Mexico but doing the work of the Lord in Cuba. There was a coffin with Jesus inside.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Penny F
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Excellent

      “Lovely architecture ”
      Lovely architecture and lovely to go inside to see the old Cathedral. You can take photo's inside and out. There was a lady inside who could speak limited English so was able to answer a few questions,

    • birdsofafeather1
      gandhy2014
      Review about Havana Cathedral Churches and Convents
      Awfull Excellent

      “A Cathedral with realistic scale ”
      Located in a corner of Old Havana, the Cathedral is not large but small either. You cannot expect find in a island, in the Caribbean, such imponent gothic structures with the same seal that you can find thru Europe. It is simple a sacred ¨song in stone¨ and not a religious anthem, it is appropiated to the size. It was... More