Convento e Iglesia de la Merced

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Church / other
Architectural style: Baroque
CA Ranking: 5
Best for: Beautiful church / Outstanding collection of religious paintings
Open: 8am-5pm daily
Admission: Free
Cuba #806, e/ Merced y Paula (Leonor Pérez), Habana Vieja
  • Built between 1865 and 1867, this is arguably one of Havana’s most lush churches. The temple stands opposite a small square and its façade, constructed in Baroque style, features the principal door with its round arch and central niche. The niche, presbytery, cupola and naves were decorated in 1904 by prestigious Cuban artists. The Lourdes Chapel, inaugurated in 1876 and decorated with beautiful mural paintings by prestigious Cuban artists, is the most outstanding pictorial collection within Cuban religious colonial architecture.

    Its lavish robin-eggshell blue interior has high arches and frescoes covering the chapel and cupola. The Capilla de Lourdes (Lourdes Chapel) has an outstanding collection of religious paintings by renowned Cuban artists: Esteban Chartrand, Miguel Melero, Pidier Petit and Juan Crosa, among others. The other chapel has a peaceful grotto. The convent’s serene courtyard has interesting statuary.

    Opening hours: 8am-noon, 3-5pm daily; Mass: 9am Mon-Sat; 9am, noon Sun

    
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