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La Caridad Theater

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Santa Clara

View and visit one of Santa Clara’s points of pride along the main historic square in the heart of the city.

La Caridad Theatre has stood as an impressive neoclassical structure at the northeast corner of Leoncio Vidal Park for more than 100 years. See a performance in this significant structure, one of Santa Clara’s cultural highlights. It was built in 1885.

From the park, appreciate the clean lines of the three-story building, with open arches at the entry, balconied second-story windows and a railed rooftop deck. One of the earliest singers on the stage was the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, whose marvelous voice was loved worldwide.

Other noted performers included the National Ballet of Cuba, Argentine songstress Libertad Lamarque, Spanish singer and dancer Lola Flores, Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso and Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés. Today, performances range from national and international singing and dance to excellent local choral groups. Enjoy the outstanding acoustics and view original furnishings and a beautiful ceiling fresco of angels and cherubs.

When Santa Clara, located in Cuba’s center, grew as a hub for east-west travel and trade, the town’s infrastructure developed. The theater was built and named after Cuba’s patron saint, Our Lady of Charity. Appreciate two additional elements of relevance for the theater’s name. La caridad means charity. When the theater opened, proceeds from early performances were given to charities in support of Santa Clara’s poor people. The funds for constructing the theater were provided as a charitable act by Marta Abreu de Estévez, a wealthy philanthropist of the city of Santa Clara. She also contributed to schools, public utilities, homes for the elderly and poor, public laundry facilities and even a weather station. See a statue of this beloved benefactress in Vidal Park.

La Caridad Theatre’s open days and hours vary. Stroll past while visiting Leoncio Vidal Park to see if the doors are open for a tour of the interior. Pay a small admission fee. Alternatively, hire a local tour guide who may be able to arrange entry and provide additional information. For the best chance to view the inside, check the schedule of events and attend a performance.

Top Hotels Close to La Caridad Theater

Hostal Cuba 215
Hostal Cuba 215
2 out of 5
Cuba # 215 e/ Nazareno y Sindico, Santa Clara
The price is $18 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in the heart of Santa Clara, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of José Martí Provincial Library of Villa Clara, Vidal Park, and La Caridad ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Highly recommended
"Clean and nice place. The owners are really kind. Highly recommended"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

Hostal Cuba 215
Hotel E Central Villa Clara
Hotel E Central Villa Clara
3.5 out of 5
Parque Padre Chao y Marta Abreus Pastora, Santa Clara
Situated in Santa Clara, this hotel is steps from La Caridad Theater, José Martí Provincial Library of Villa Clara, and Vidal Park. Taberna El Mejunje and Santa ...
4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
"A unique orginal architectural structure that's been nicely renovated to modern standards."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

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Hostal Enara
Hostal Enara
3 out of 5
Calle Placido #12, e/c Cespedes & Independencia Blvd., Santa Clara, Villa Clara
The price is $27 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Located in the heart of Santa Clara, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of La Caridad Theater and Vidal Park. Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Great location!, comfortable bed...the couple running it are really friendly helpful people"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Hostal Enara
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Hostal Cuba 215
Hostal Cuba 215
2 out of 5
Cuba # 215 e/ Nazareno y Sindico, Santa Clara
The price is $18 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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3.5 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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The price is $27 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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Hotel Santa Clara Libre
2.5 out of 5
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Hostal Vista Park Santa Clara
Hostal Vista Park Santa Clara
2.5 out of 5
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Hotel Floreale
Hotel Floreale
3 out of 5
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Familia Sarmiento
3 out of 5
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The price is $65 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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Hostal D' Cordero
Hostal D' Cordero
4 out of 5
61 Leoncio Vidal between Maceo and Union, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
The price is $32 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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Amarillo B&B
Amarillo B&B
2.5 out of 5
58 Lorda, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
The price is $49 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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