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Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi

Plaza de San Francisco | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8613312
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Great view

While this is in the middle of Havana it is so peaceful and historic. Beautiful church and many... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
beachgirl41stlouis
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St Louis
via mobile
Historic Church is a must see

Very nice. Still a Catholic Church with services. Beautiful both inside and out. Architecture and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JohnBradey2778
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Texas
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The Latin inscription over the main door of this church and convent dedicated to St. Francis reads: non est in toto sanctior orbe locus (there is no holier place on earth). As it's now a museum and concert hall, it may no longer be earth's holiest place, but it certainly is one of the loveliest. Built in the 16th century, in 1730 it was restored in a baroque style, resulting in a richly adorned facade with fluted conchlike tympanums over the doors and windows. Just inside the door you'll see tombs beneath a glass floor panel. (Churches were used as cemeteries until Bishop Espada founded what is now the Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón in 1868, a detail all Cubans seem to know and cherish). Note also the 19th-century grandfather clock made by Tiffany. The rooms to the right of the nave house archaeological finds and art exhibits.
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“bell tower” (12 reviews)
“concert hall” (5 reviews)
“el caballero” (4 reviews)
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Plaza de San Francisco | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
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+53 7 8613312
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While this is in the middle of Havana it is so peaceful and historic. Beautiful church and many religious relics to see. Do NOT skip the bell tower it's a beautiful view of the city and water. There was a man working up there (security...More

Thank beachgirl41stlouis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice. Still a Catholic Church with services. Beautiful both inside and out. Architecture and ornamentation inside is stunning.

Thank JohnBradey2778
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Intriguing ancient church structure that is showing its age. The convent is no longer in use. Beautiful open plaza with statue of St. Francis. Across the street is the train station. There are wonderful views of the harbor.

Thank 541beverlyb
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Take the long climb up the bell tower for the beautiful view of old Havana. We went early in the day and it wasn't too crowded.

Thank mikerutherford
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I would recommend you visit the bell tower and climb to the top for the view, once you have visited the church and convent (what you can see).

Thank TBSoCal71
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We always stop by San Francisco Sq. The vibe of the people visiting Cuba along side the Cuban people offering tours, transportation , cigars and more is a must experience !

Thank SusanJeffrey2014
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Nuns are no longer using the convent but the church and building are still inspirational within the Plaza with all the other sights such as the Street person etc

Thank Vegas69024
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Having visited numerous churches around the world and seen almost every bodily part known to man preserved by some means I was rather looking forward to this one. Sadly the 'pickled monk' is a little disappointing. The rest of the church is rather loverly and...More

Thank peterpiperpickedapec
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I like old churches and views of old churches. Its a little ran down and needs some work. But still a very nice church

Thank Tree A
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This church is beautiful. It's right downtown and an easy place to add to your walking tour of Havana.

Thank BaltimoreBuddy
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