Santo Angel Costudio Church, Havana . Cuba
- Monserrate y Pena Pobre, Old Havana
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
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It lies on one of the few and modest hills of the city, at first called Peña Pobre and then Loma del Ángel. The church was made by the Bishop Diego Avelino de Compostela. In the year of 1630 it was promoted to accessory parish.
As a consequence of the terrible hurricane that battered the city in 1846, its tower and the whole of the front and back of the nave were destroyed. They were rebuilt and notably altered by the Bishop Jacinto María Martínez in the peculiar gothic style that can be seen today.
The history of this church records the christening of two of the greatest Cuban personalities: Félix Varela and José Martí. At the church entrance we found a bust of the Cuban writer Cirilo Villaverde created by Hidalgo. His novel "Cecilia Valdés" o "La Loma del Ángel" has in this temple, specially in its porch, one of the varied backgrounds where the story unfolds.
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Santo Angel Costudio 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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