Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje, Villa Clara. Cuba
- Destination: Villa Clara
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- Address: Remedios, Villa Clara. Cuba
Description Churches and Convents: Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje, Villa Clara. Cuba
The legend says that in a gloomy rainy day in October 1600 about what the sailors called the Cordonaso San Francisco, a fisherman came remedying fishing with two friends early in the morning in a fragile vessel to the Tesic Bay, a place outside town in 1832. Offshore fishermen were caught in a storm. They were preparing to return in a hurry when they spotted amid the waves, drifting, a wooden box five feet long which powerfully struck, to the point that despite the urgency decided to pick it up, not without little effort and danger of sinking into the dark waters. Imagine the surprise when they opened it and found a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary carved in wood. "We have done a good trip, good trip," "yes good trip," repeated the other two. They agreed to name it since then Buenviaje
The fishermen arrived Remedios town through nowadays Calle Rio which at that days was a river. At the corner lived a black man and the fishermen decided to give the virgen to this man. The next day the priest of town came at the blac mans house and told him the virgen belongs to the church and moved the wooden carved statue to Iglesia Mayor.
Remedios Iglesia Buen Viaje
When at the next morning the priest looked at the spot where he placed the statue it was gone ... he surprisingly found it at the black man's house, the virgin returned by herself to the house the fishermen left her in first place.
They decided to build a second church in this place where ones was the black mans house, because the people said, The Virgen had choosen her own spot in town to live. Since that time Remedios is the only town in Cuba who has two churches at the same Plaza.
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Iglesia del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje is located in Villa Clara
To the north it limits with the Atlantic Ocean; to the west with Matanzas; to the south with Cienfuegos, and to the east with Sancti Spíritus provinces. This is Villa Clara, a destination with more than 800 000 inhabitants in a territorial surface of 7 943 , Km². You can reach it by plane through the airport of the provincial capital and the one in Cayo Las Brujas, both for medium and small size airplanes.
By road you can get here through the National Freeway and the Central Highway. The city of Villa Clara opens up to tourism with a solid proposal supported by the virginity of its keys, more than 17 , Km of paradisiacal beaches and its historical-cultural patrimony that enhances all the natural attractiveness of the territory.
Among the main exponents we have Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial where the Heroic Guerrilla fighter's remains rest next to those of his comrades from Bolivia. The monument depicting the derailing of the Armoured Train, a place linked to the Cuban recent history, is another of the places related to the figure of Che.
Places such as La Caridad Theatre, National Monument and a symbol of Cuban neoclassical architecture, the existence and permanency of one of the oldest universities in Cuba, Leoncio Vidal Park, the boulevard, José Martí Library and the Museum of Decorative Art, are cultural emblematic places of the city. Next to it, we have the city of Remedios, the eighth village founded by the Spaniards in the Island and where the Parrandas de Remedios, one of the oldest popular festivities in Cuba, are originated. In this city there is also located the biggest Parochial Church (16th century) with its Baroque altars laminated in gold, it is the most valuable exponent in the city, where the famous musician Alejandro García Caturla was born.
On the north coast of the province, Santa María, Las Brujas and Ensenachos keys are located, well-known as La Rosa Blanca de Jardines del Rey, deal for the practice of diving. A travel around the spa of mineral-medicinal waters of Elguea and a boat ride on the great artificial lake, a stay in Villa La Granjita, and a typical Cuban lunch Black River at Villa Clara's Escambray, are options to keep in mind for those who arrive to the most central province in Cuba.