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El Templete

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A quick visit

This little temple is really cute and commemorates the founding of Havana nearly 500 years ago... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
milliesmum2016
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Highly taught but I don't get it

I found the mains both overpriced and underwhelming. But I must say had a marvellous lunch with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
OldCubanCigarStuff
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Toronto, Canada
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good42%
  • Average25%
  • Poor6%
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2 Apr 2018
“A quick visit”
4 weeks ago
“Highly taught but I don't get it”
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Calles Baratillo and O'Reilly, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Careful though. Service and quality of food ranges from very good to poor. Some visits are great but other times terrible. I do enjoy the ambience and view - definately worth a visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found the mains both overpriced and underwhelming. But I must say had a marvellous lunch with friends by only ordering appetizers. I think the chef and staff that earned this place the high reputation have moved on. Hard to be great when the tour...More

Thank OldCubanCigarStuff
Reviewed 4 October 2018

El Templete is a monument in Havana, Cuba, that pays homage to the place where the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was celebrated in 1519. The monument consists of a bust of Christopher Columbus and three canvases painted by Jean...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

This is the site of a foundation. Freco-Roman architecture with commemorative column in the middle. Also there is a sacred tree and ashes of the artist inside. It is located on the Plaza de Armas.

Thank Karaoshkin
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

This is where the first mass was held in Havana Cuba. The ashes of the artist that painted the 3 paintings inside the structure are Housed inside with the paintings. Very interesting historical site.

Thank ginag508
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This little temple is really cute and commemorates the founding of Havana nearly 500 years ago. There are beautiful frescos showing imperialist scenes of the founding of the city. It's a classical little temple just at the edge of Bartillo St on Plaza des Armas....More

Thank milliesmum2016
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is Not the Restaurant, it's what the restaurant was named after, the Temple."El Templete" is a monument that pays homage to the place where the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de la Havana was celebrated in 1519. The monument contains a of...More

Thank Cubanoboy
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The unsuccessful planting of the traditional ceiba tree next to the church gives the place a desolate look. the old ceiba tree died and they have not been able to plant another. A very sad looking bare and dead ceiba is what now gives no...More

Thank Juantoronto
Reviewed 18 May 2016

this little church is located besides the narrows street in Cuba, inside you can see a big oleo of the havana fundation.

Thank Rodney R
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Legend has it that it was on this same exact spot where Havana city was founded in November 1519. A Little Temple (hence el Templete) was built on this site in 1828 to commemorate the original founding ceremony. A Ceiba Tree (silk-cotton tree) that has...More

Thank TourGuide-Manager
Reviewed 2 February 2016

As an architectural structure this would rate a miss...but the history behind it is of interest so get a guide or really good tour book.

Thank YpsilantiFoodie
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