Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

San Francisco Church

Enjoy panoramic city views from a tower lookout and browse exhibits about Fidel Castro’s conflicts with counterrevolutionaries at this church and convent.

Visit the San Francisco Church (Convento e Iglesia de San Francisco de Aís) when vacationing in the colonial city of Trinidad. Founded by Franciscan monks, this church and convent dates back to the late 18th century and was inaugurated in 1813. Religious activity ceased at San Francisco Church in 1826, after which it fell into disrepair before being rebuilt. Today, it houses the National Museum of the Struggle Against Bandits (Museo Nacional de Lucha Contra Bandidos).

The major architectural highlight of this colonial landmark is its multi-tiered, yellow and white domed bell tower. It features on the 25 centavo coin of the Cuban peso. Climb the narrow staircase to the tower’s observation deck, which affords uninterrupted views over Trinidad’s rooftops and surrounding countryside. Look down on the pretty Plaza Mayor, see the tall peaks of the Escambray Mountains and gaze out over the Caribbean Sea.

Spend some time perusing the museum’s exposition rooms. These showcase an exhibit of the body created by Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution to fight the counterrevolutionary forces from 1959 to 1965. Find displays of original newspaper cuttings, maps, models and photographs. See examples of military uniforms, footwear and weapons.

Other notable artifacts include a Soviet-style truck used by the Milicias Nacionales Revolucionarias to access remote areas. Don’t miss the speedboat used by the CIA and the counterrevolutionaries to transport artillery and soldiers.

The church and museum stand on the west side of Plazuela del Cristo, a square in Trinidad’s city center. It’s just a 2-minute walk from Trinidad’s main square, Plaza Mayor. This elegant square is framed by colonial residences and dominated by the Church of the Holy Trinity.

San Francisco Church is open daily and the National Museum of the Struggle Against Bandits is open from Tuesday to Sunday. There’s an admission fee.


Map

Best Lodging Options Near San Francisco Church

See all 606 Properties near San Francisco Church
Iberostar Heritage Gran Trinidad $192
Iberostar Heritage Gran Trinidad

Iberostar Heritage Gran Trinidad

Calle Jesús María, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Trinidad, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cespedes Park, Municipal Historical Museum, and Colonial Architecture Museum. Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes.

    Casa de Miriam $27
    Casa de Miriam

    Casa de Miriam

    Street Frank Pais (Carmen) # 185A, Camilo Cienfuegos & Lino Perez, Trinidad
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Trinidad, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Cespedes Park and Municipal Historical Museum. Colonial Architecture Museum and Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad are also within 15 minutes.

      Casa Colonial Torrado 1830 $56
      Casa Colonial Torrado 1830

      Casa Colonial Torrado 1830

      124 Calle Gloria, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Trinidad, this hotel is steps from Municipal Historical Museum, Plaza Mayor, and Colonial Architecture Museum. San Francisco Church and Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad are also within 5 minutes.

        Casa Tona $37
        Casa Tona

        Casa Tona

        Piro Guinart 159 E, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Trinidad, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Historical Museum and San Francisco Church. Plaza Mayor and Colonial Architecture Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          Hostal CACHA Maritza y Rooney $16
          Hostal CACHA Maritza y Rooney

          Hostal CACHA Maritza y Rooney

          Calle Independencia No 15 entre, entre Piro Guinart y Pablo Pichs Giron, Trinidad
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Trinidad, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Historical Museum, San Francisco Church, and Plaza Mayor. Colonial Architecture Museum and Romance Museum are also within 5 minutes.

            Casa de la Trinidad $56
            Casa de la Trinidad

            Casa de la Trinidad

            Calle Jose Marti, # 426, Trinidad, Trinidad
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Trinidad, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of Municipal Historical Museum, Plaza Mayor, and Colonial Architecture Museum. Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad and Romance Museum are also within 10 minutes.

              Casa Cantero $19
              Casa Cantero

              Casa Cantero

              Calle Real del Jigüe, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Trinidad, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad and Plaza Mayor. Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve and La Loma del Puerto Lookout are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Hostal Dr Suarez y Sra Addys $39
                Hostal Dr Suarez y Sra Addys

                Hostal Dr Suarez y Sra Addys

                174 Callejón del Olvido, Frank Pais y José Marti, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Trinidad, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Historical Museum and Plaza Mayor. San Francisco Church and Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve are also within 2 mi (3 km).