Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and Church
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Address: Compostela, e/ Luz y Acosta, Old Havana.Cuba
For two centuries this construction was successively remodeled and extended until it reached its current appearance where diverse constructive styles and techniques harmoniously related are showed. It is composed of a church, a convent and a peculiar arch vaulted over the Acosta street. It is the most extensive among those of Old Havana.
The church owns a baroque ex
pression façade where components marked by cornices and pilasters. Between them, the door in the shape of an arch, a trumpet-shaped urn with stone statues and in the higher part a pediment of curve lines with sculptured relieves are showed. The space over the only nave is covered by canon vaults with a dome in the crossing.
The convent is composed of six cloister courtyards, according to the constructive typology at that time with arcades, porticos and bases . The arch above the street built to communicate the convent with the adjoining buildings is a remarkable urban exponent.
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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. 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. 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).
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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).
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- Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and Church 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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Review about Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and Church Churches and ConventsVery good
“Good public service in all times ”
The Religious Order of the Jesuist was expelled from Cuba in 1767, but they come back after the Restauration of the Spanish King Ferdinand the Seventh (1814). By 1840s they have already a new Convent and Church. It was highlighted until the first have of the XX for its educational and scientific research prestige. An especialized lab and a Observatory... More
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“A great visit ”
We traveled to Cuba with our family of seven and brought donations to the senior citizens and children who attend this wonderful social service agency. Our guide was great and I think we learned a lot about the Cuban social system from him. The building itself is great to see as well.