San Fransisco de Asis Convent, 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
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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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During our visit to Havana, one of my favorite things to do was to just walk through the streets of Habana Vieja, admiring the contrasts of both people and structure. It's an opportunity to see freshly painted colonial-era historical buildings right next to run down apartment complexes, a sense of real life in Cuba mixed in with the tourist attractions. In the early morning the streets are filled with "business as usual", but at night they're alive with music and activity, and I felt totally safe walking after dark. Take the time to wander the streets through beautiful old buildings and churches, and enjoy an evening stroll through the plazas to watch some great live music. I would recommend staying in Habana Vieja; you're close to so much, and you really get to see the vibrant atmosphere and sense of community Havana has to offe
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