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Top places of worship recommendations from locals

Church
“Santiago's most important church is stunning both inside and out. There has been a cathedral on this site since the city's inception in the 1520s, though a series of pirate raids, earthquakes and dodgy architects put paid to at least three previous incarnations. The present cathedral, characterized by its two neoclassical towers, was completed in 1922; the remains of first colonial governor, Diego Velázquez, are still buried underneath.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Historic and iconic, the Havana Cemetery is known as the most beautiful in Latin America. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Church
“Havana Cathedral (Catedral de San Cristobal) is one of eleven Catholic cathedrals on the island. It is located in the Plaza de la Catedral on Calle Empedrado, between San Ignacio y Mercaderes, Old Havana. The thirty by forty nine meter rectangular church serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana. Christopher Columbus’ remains were kept in the cathedral between 1796 and 1898, before they were taken to Seville Cathedral”
  • 60 locals recommend
Cemetery
“El Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, also called La Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón, was founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana, to replace the Espada Cemetery in the Barrio de San Lázaro. Named for Christopher Columbus, the cemetery is noted for its many elaborately sculpted memorials. It is estimated the cemetery has more than 500 major mausoleums. Before the Espada Cemetery and the Colon Cemetery were built, interments took place in crypts at the various churches throughout Havana, for example, at the Havana Cathedral or the Iglesia del Espíritu Santo in Havana Vieja. The Colon Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the world and is generally held to be one of the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms, second only to La Recoleta in Buenos Aires. It is a Catholic cemetery and has elaborate monuments, tombs and statues by 19th and 20th century artists. Plots were assigned according to social class, and soon became a means for patrician families to display their wealth and power with ever more elaborate tombs and mausoleums. The north main entrance is marked by a gateway decorated with biblical reliefs and topped by a marble sculpture by José Vilalta Saavedra: Faith, Hope and Charity. Inside you can find The Monumento a los Bomberos (Firemen’s Monument) built by Spanish sculptor Agustín Querol and architect Julio M Zapata, commemorates the twenty eight firemen who died when a hardware shop in La Habana Vieja caught fire in 1890.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Church
“La Cathédrale de Santa Maria del Cobre, située à El Cobre à 20 km environ de Santiago, est le lieu de pélérinage majeur de Cuba. Chaque année, en septembre, y a lieu un immense pélérinage pour se recueillir devant la magnifique statue de Santa Maria de la Caridad del Cobre, Patronne de Cuba et des cubains. Cette Cathédrale est située sur un monticule (et autour de laquelle se trouve un parking où vous pouvez vous garer facilement). En y entrant, vous y sentirez la ferveur des croyants venus se recueillir. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Outre le mémorial au grand José Marti, héros national, s'y trouve la tombe de Fidel Castro. Des chanteurs célèbres, des hommes politiques cubains y sont enterrés. Ce cimetière vaut le détour. Attention, il est assez éloigné du centre. Il faut prendre une moto ou un taxi pour y aller. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Church
“One of the most famous churchs in Latin America for its incredible architecture ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Plaza
“Tthe most prominent building on the Plaza de la Catedral. The Cathedral was raised on the chapel after 1748 by order of the bishop from Salamanca, Jose Felipe de Trespalacios. It is one of the most beautiful and sober churches of the American baroque.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Santa Ifigenia Cemetery is a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba and resting place of a few notable Cubans. The cemetery opened in 1868 to replace smaller Cemetery of Santa Ana. The signature resting place is that of José Martí, whose mausoleum is guarded by three Cuban soldiers at the entrance. Cuban leader Fidel Castro's ashes are also buried at the cemetery. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Church
  • 1 local recommends
Church
“La salle de concerts Dolores est une belle petite salle, à côté du parc Dolores où, régulièrement, se jouent des concerts de musique classique ou traditionnelle. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Church
“The Basílica Menor of San Francisco de Asís (Minor Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi) is a Franciscan convent in the district of Old Havana, Cuba. Its construction began in 1548 and lasted until 1591, although it was inaugurated in 1575, it was damaged by storms in 1680 and 1692, and by a hurricane that broke down its tower in 1694. It began in its current form in 1716, and completed 200 years later with a series of structural reforms from 1731 to 1738.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cemetery
“The Colon Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the world and is generally held to be one of the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms, second only to La Recoleta in Buenos Aires. Prior to the opening of the Colon Cemetery, Havana's dead were laid to rest in the crypts of local churches and then, beginning in 1806, at Havana's newly opened Espada Cemetery located in the Barrio de San Lazaro and near the cove of Juan Guillen close to the San Lázaro Leper Hospital and the Casa de Beneficencia. When locals realized there would be a need for a larger space for their community for the deceased (due to a cholera outbreak in 1868), planning began for the Colon Cemetery.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Church
“On October 12, 1693, the first stone of this church was laid and Mass was held in the place. This mass was conducted by the Bishop Diego E. Hurtado de Compostela. The original was made of royal palm.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Church
“Catedral de la ciudad de Cienfuegos. Edificio ubicado frente al Parque Martí, de fachada neoclásica con dos altos campanarios de distintas alturas, tres ventanas arqueadas y ventanas de estilo francés.”
  • 4 locals recommend