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San Fransisco de Asis Convent Churches and Convents, Havana . Cuba

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  • Oficios, e/ Amargura y Churruca, Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
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This is one of the most extraordinary convent and church complex of the colonial time. The plan of the church originally was divided in three naves in Latin cross with a dome in the crossing section which was destroyed in the year 1850. The central nave is hold up in arcades supported by pillars in cruciform section. The lateral vaults are of great interest with skylights intercepting perpendicularly to the main cannon vault. The most significant element of the Church is the Tower 42 meters of height, second in altitude at the colonial time.

Only the Iznaga Tower in Trinidad of 45 meters high exceeds it. The façade where the main front is significant due to its shape of a fluted and trumpet- shape arch can not be appreciated in all its magnitude because of the absence of a small square located in front of the building. The convent is of great interest due to its two cloisters with perimeter galleries connected by an original staircase and the exterior front of the second one facing Teniente Rey street formed by Tuscan columns superimposed in three levels finished by a Baroque motif

Mapa de San Fransisco de Asis Convent

San Fransisco de Asis Convent 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: San Fransisco de Asis Convent
Very good Wms3070

“Great church in a town square ”
Make sure you climb up the bell tower for a commanding view down on San Fransisco Square and the Havana city skyline. Church itself has some wonderful artwork and furniture.

Very good theartisans

“Beautiful views ”
Gorgeous views from the bell tower. We were told this was called St. Fransico by the locals, but it is in San Fransico Plaza! Church and Monestary/Convent are both beautiful in their own way. Make sure to go all the way up the bell tower to see the stunning views over the old city! Worth a visit!

Very good Carine P

“Very pretty ”
I loved this square, it was always full of locals feeding pigeons, musicians, some museums in the surroundings, post office, place to buy souvenirs. The outside as the inside of the church is amazing, i really enjoyed the atmosphere of the plaza. I highly recommend to pay a visit and make sure that the church will be open.

Very good moineauQc

“another must to see ”
bring some bread with you its full of birds there ,its a nice church in good condition if you are in old Havana you gonna pass in front of it so just dont miss it!

Excellent Colors68

“Firts Religious building in Havana ”
It is in San Francisco de Asisi Plaza, just across from the harbor. The building is from the 1600. The tower has been rebuild before due to a hurricane in the 1700´s. Nowadays is a place for classical music concerts and other types of music as well. You will feel traveling in time experiences when you visit this church. It... More 

Excellent gandhy2014

“Cultural entertaiment of high value ”
The first buildings were erected in 1575 and demolished in 1717. In 1719 a new Church was begun and the Convent was added in December, 1739. In this late date it enter into service. During many years the tower (42 meters) was the highest point in Havana and the façade is very nice, althouhg not easy to appreciate, with baroque... More 

Excellent PhilDohaqatar

“A real gem ”
A lovely little church, well kept and attractive and major landmark on a main plaza. Concerts are held in the church. Don't forget to stroke the beard of the metal statue for luck. Lots of activity in plaza nearby on weekends and a great restaurant across the square

Excellent Kingspoon

“A beautiful memory ”
I was here in 2006 - it seems like a long time ago but that wonderful feeling I had standing in the square dedicated to St Francis of Assisi has stayed with me ... Don't go to Havana without visiting and exploring the environs . There is a deep spiritual feel to the place that transcends organised religion , take... More 

Excellent GioSousa

“Beautiful ”
A must see. The Church and the plaza around it. It has amazing building and the light on the place around sunset is beautiful if you like taking photos. One of my favourite places in Havana

Excellent saprykin

“Love it ”
A pretty church in the heart of Havana. Very old colonial building with old train near by. There is small fountain before it.

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