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Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, Havana . Cuba

  • Cuba y Merced. Centro habana. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
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Since 1638 several setbacks conspired against this convent being built, but finally, with help from the King Fernando VI its construction began in 1755. In 1763 the work stopped because the high taxes levied on the bishopric and religious communities during the time the English were in power left the order penniless. It was then that the Bishop Santiago José Echevaría, well known for his involvement in the city’s religious works, intervened and so the works were finished by 1792.

The church is raised over a rectangle: its main naves forming a Latin cross. Upon the crossing there is a small dome. The decor of the building belongs to the second half of the 19th century and some renowned Cuban painters were involved in it.

Mapa de Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced 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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