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Havana Cathedral
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Decorated with exquisite frescoes, this 18th-century religious monument is one of several Baroque masterpieces that frame the resplendent Cathedral Square.

Havana Cathedral (Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana) is a marvelous example of Baroque architecture and one of Havana’s finest churches. Visit the cathedral to observe its extravagant design and spot frescoes by notable artists. Jesuits started work on Havana Cathedral in 1748. It was eventually completed in 1777. Curiously, Christopher Columbus’ remains were kept in the cathedral between 1796 and 1898, before being taken to Seville Cathedral.

Stand in Cathedral Square and look up at the church’s Baroque exterior. It features pediments and curving aspects that flow into pilasters topped by capitals. Note the asymmetrical bell towers that frame the façade. They were constructed specifically to encourage rainfall to run into the streets around the square, which itself stands on a former swamp.

The cathedral’s architects used coral for much of the building material. It’s possible to see fossilized marine fauna and flora in the stone walls.

Walk through the thick wooden door to discover an austere interior. It has rows of thick columns and a floor of black and white marble tiles. Look for replicas of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo located in the chapels. Behind the altar are frescoes by Giuseppe Perovanni. See a 17th-century statue of St. Christopher by Martin Andújar.

Climb to the top of one of the towers and enjoy views of the square and Canal de Entrada. Spot other notable landmarks such as the Casa del Conde de Casa Bayona and Palacio del Conde de Lombillo. Admire the vivid colors of the market vendors, many of whom dress in traditional Cuban clothing.

Situated on Cathedral Square, this attraction is in the heart of the Old Havana neighborhood. It’s quick and easy to get here by foot from other major attractions. Among these are the Museum of the Revolution, Plaza de Armas and Plaza Vieja.

Havana Cathedral is open daily and admission is free. A nominal fee is applicable if you want to climb the tower.

Top Hotels Close to Havana Cathedral

Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
4 out of 5
Pena Pobre 55, entre Aguiar y Habana, Havana
The price is $56 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón and Revolution Museum. Paseo de Marti and La Bodeguita del Medio are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (170 reviews)
Wonderful, quirky place.

"This is a lovely place to stay. It is right in the heart of the old town, surrounded by bars and restaurants and very close to the malecon and the water. The only possible down side are the perilously steep stairs up to the roof terrace, and the un-bannistered steps up to the bathroom in some of ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Habanazul
Habanazul
3 out of 5
Compostela 155, e/ Empedrado y Tejadillo, Havana
The price is $67 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Located in Old Havana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Revolution Museum and Havana Cathedral. Malecón and Plaza Vieja are also within 10 minutes.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Huippu lokaatio

"Erinomaisella paikalla, keskellä kaikkea ja parhaat ravintolat muutaman minuutin kävelymatkan päässä."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Habanazul
Hostal Los Villanueva
Hostal Los Villanueva
3 out of 5
Calle Habana #859. La Habana Vieja., Entre Jesús María y Merced, Havana, La Habana
The price is $51 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Vieja, Malecón, and Havana Cathedral. La Factoria Brewery and Plaza del Cristo are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)
Excellent B&B

"Excellent B&B (I wouldn't call it a hotel). Very clean and well appointed, but small. Staff was excellent and friendly. Breakfast was superb. Only negative was that we had to eat breakfast on the veranda in VERY uncomfortable tall chairs. Dicey neighborhood on south end of Old Havana. Otherwise great ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hostal Los Villanueva
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
4 out of 5
Pena Pobre 55, entre Aguiar y Habana, Havana
The price is $56 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Habanazul
3 out of 5
Compostela 155, e/ Empedrado y Tejadillo, Havana
The price is $67 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Hostal Los Villanueva
Hostal Los Villanueva
3 out of 5
Calle Habana #859. La Habana Vieja., Entre Jesús María y Merced, Havana, La Habana
The price is $51 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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San Lazaro 115
San Lazaro 115
3 out of 5
115 San Lazaro, Havana, La Habana
The price is $30 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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Casa Alexander
Casa Alexander
3 out of 5
307 Lamparilla, Habana vieja, Havana, La Habana
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Casa Mi Tierra
Casa Mi Tierra
2.5 out of 5
113 Jesús María, Entre Cuba y Damas, Havana
The price is $34 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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Beautiful apartment - Marivelas 29
Beautiful apartment - Marivelas 29
2.5 out of 5
Calle Empedrado No. 211, entre Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, La Habana
Beautiful apartment - Marivelas 29
Casa De La Bodeguita - Very Centric in Old Havana
Casa De La Bodeguita - Very Centric in Old Havana
3 out of 5
211 Empedrado, app 23, Havana, Province of Havana
The price is $78 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Casa De La Bodeguita - Very Centric in Old Havana
Beautiful apartment - Marivelas 25
Beautiful apartment - Marivelas 25
2.5 out of 5
Calle Empedrado No. 211, entre Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, La Habana
Beautiful apartment - Marivelas 25
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