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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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The convent is now being used for music concerts. It is possible to visit several rooms and you can... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ana_LIS_PT
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Lisbon, Portugal
Located near the very popular Plaza de Armas, so combine with other walking stops.

The original Spanish colonial era church is located near the very popular Plaza de Armas, so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JohnInItaly
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Santa Cruz, California
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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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Plaza de San Francisco | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
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+53 7 8613312
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The convent is now being used for music concerts. It is possible to visit several rooms and you can go climb up to the roof, where you have a nice view over the harbour and the square below.

Thank Ana_LIS_PT
Reviewed 1 week ago

The original Spanish colonial era church is located near the very popular Plaza de Armas, so combine a visit here with other walking stops. It seems to be open quite a few hours. Although not spectacular by cathedral standards, it is well worth a visit.

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This building was beautiful. It is right off the cruise ship terminal. Easy to walk to from your ship if that is how you arrived to Havana.

Thank WVherd82
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 18 July 2017

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 14 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 10 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 26 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
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