Convento de Santa Clara de Asis Museums, Havana . Cuba
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- Calle Cuba No. 610 e/ Sol y Luz Habana Vieja Old Havana, Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Telephone: +53 7 612877
Convento de Santa Clara de Asis
One of the oldest and best of the Spanish colonial monasteries on the island, this building is now home to the Centro Nacional de Restauración, Conservación y Museología or CENCREM (National Centre for Restoration, Conservation and Museum Studies).
Founded in 1644 it has, despite its peaceful history, given rise to many tales and legends of unrequited love and hidden treasure. No evidence has ever been uncovered to back up these stories. In 1919 it was sold to the Cuban government. As well as operating as a museum, there is a gallery showing contemporary Cuban art.
Admission: 3 CUC
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Convento de Santa Clara de Asis 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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I flew with Virgin and stayed in Cuba on a two weeks stay. Four nights in Havana, then onto Varadero. I took so many pictures in Cuba - From Revolution Square in Havana to the Rainforest in Guanayara. My life in two weeks (& short videos)?. My photos were my companion but it was interesting. So much history to capture,... More
“Closed for renovation until further notice ”
The place is beautiful, but unfortunately was let to ruin in the past years. Now it is dangerous and entry is prohibited. Very sad.
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