Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and Church, Havana . Cuba
- Destination: Havana
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- Address From: Compostela, e/ Luz y Acosta, Old Havana.Cuba
Description Churches and Convents: Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and Church, 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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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 Churches and Convents: Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and ChurchVery 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
Review about Churches and Convents: Nuestra Senora de Belen Convent and ChurchExcellent
“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.