Plaza de la Catedral

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It’s one of the squares full of history and art of the historic center. And is one of the symbols of Havana Vieja. E ‘was recently restored and is the architectonic complex more harmonious and homogeneous Spanish era. Deserves to be seen at night because it offers a unique spectacle. The square takes its name from the Baroque Catedral de La Habana, which dominates the square. For years the Cathedral kept the ashes of Christopher Columbus. These were reported in Spain after Cuba won its war of independence in 1899. Construction of the cathedral began in 1748 by the Jesuits, but following their expulsion from the island to the conflict with the Spanish crown, was concluded by the Franciscans in 1777. In 1796 called the Catedral de San Cristobal de La Habana. Opposite the Cathedral is the oldest building of the square is the Museo de Arte Colonial. In the 12 rooms on the ground floor and first floor are exposed furniture, chandeliers and furnishings owned by the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy avanera in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Inside is housed a remarkable collection of furniture in precious tropical woods and a collection of windows and skylights characteristic crafts Creole. The Seminario de San Carlos y San Ambrosio is home to an institution created in 1689 for the formazionie of Catholic priests. Other palaces overlooking the Plaza de la Catedral is the Palacio del Conte Lombillo (1746) now houses the Museum of education that holds documents from the colonial era to the present day and especially the literacy campaign of 1961 By his side stands the Palacio de los Marqueses de Arcos, built in the eighteenth century now houses an art gallery where you can buy handicrafts and carvings. Ancient seat of the post office still has the old mailbox to colonial times. On the opposite side of the square is the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras, built in the second half of the eighteenth century, now houses the restaurant El Patio bar, with tables in the courtyard and on the main square. The Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre, northwest corner of the square is named after the famous Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) presents art exhibitions at the Biennale de Havana.



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