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Thursday, 08 July 2004
Catedral de la Virgen Maria de la Concepcion Inmaculada

Havana Cathedral

This is the Havana Cathedral, which was built between 1748 and 1777 (with a short break in 1767 when the Jesuits were expelled from Spain and her overseas territories). It was designated a Cathedral in 1787, and housed the remains of Christopher Columbus between 1796 and 1898 It is a fine example of the Cuban baroque style of architecture found in Habana Vieja (Old Havana). This area of Havana was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, and is in the process of being restored to glory.  I took this photo, two years ago, from the museum at the opposite end of Plaza de la Catedral.
There is information about the work being done at this World Heritage site at the UNESCO website.

Posted by bigblue on 08/07/2004 at 07:23 PM
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One of these days I’ll have to go to Cuba. You went and my parents did go too and you all coincide that is a brilliant country full of culture.

They say this country is alive! Hopefully for much longer but we’ll see the day Castro dies. I think that day everything will change a lot!

Have a nice weekend!

Posted by carles  on  09/07/2004  at  03:16 PM

Thanks, and same to you!

I am also sure that the country will change a lot when Castro dies. That is one of the reasons that I decided to go there 2 years ago - to see what it was like before it changes again.

It is a very poor country, but as you say it is rich in culture and history. I am sure you will enjoy it.  And because you speak Spanish I am sure that you will get even more out of the experience than I did. 

It is funny to think about now: I met some people who don’t speak English, and we had some interesting conversations. I spoke my simple French to them, and they spoke back in Spanish. And we managed! Incredible. And all the people we met were very nice.

Posted by bigblue  on  09/07/2004  at  11:18 PM

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