Seminario San Carlos y San Ambrosio Real y Conciliar Colegio Seminario de San Carlos

CA4
Church / other
Architectural style: Baroque
CA Ranking: 4
Admission: Free
Cuba e/ Chacón y Empedrado, Habana Vieja
  • In 1689, Bishop Diego Evelino de Compostela founded San Ambrosio, an unpretentious school for boys, located on Tejadillo Street and adjacent to the Jesuit church under construction at the time. When the Jesuits’ properties were confiscated in 1767, Bishop Echevarría visited San Ambrosio School, added “San Carlos” to its name in honor of King Carlos III of Spain, and the following year upgraded it to Council Seminary. From that moment, a strong competition began with the Real y Pontificia Universidad founded by Brother Gerónimo Valdés at the San Juan de Letrán convent established in 1578.

    Both were universities whose alumni included illustrious founders of the Cuban nation and of its culture. In 1950, an imposing façade which overlooks the bay was built, imitating the peculiar Baroque style of the Catedral de La Habana. The seminary’s original façade was on San Ignacio Street, which today has a modest altarpiece reminiscent of the Churrigueresque style, which serves as entrance.

    This construction is considered by many architects one of the most important buildings of the colonial period because, at the time, it introduced ground-breaking architectural elements. It has one of the most tranquil courtyards in the city and a fantastic library. Renowned Cuban intellectuals José de la Luz y Caballero and Félix Varela were among its alumni.

     

    
  • Tren de Hershey

    Tren de Hershey  LH 5+

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    Gran Parque Metropolitano (Parque Almendares)

    Gran Parque Metropolitano (Parque Almendares)  LH 5+

    Along the banks of the Almendares River is Parque Almendares, also known as Bpsque de La Haband (Havana’s Forest). This is the only urban forest in the city and is a recreational area for Habaneros th …

    Hotel Nacional de Cuba

    Hotel Nacional de Cuba  LH 5+

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    Callejón de Hamel

    Callejón de Hamel  LH 5+

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    Plaza de Armas

    Plaza de Armas  LH 5+

    The early city was formally founded in 1519 on the northeast side of what would soon be laid out as Plaza de la Iglesia—named for the simple church that stood here until 1741, when it was destroyed fo …

    Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón

    Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón  LH 5+

    History & architecture Declared National Monument in 1987, this is the most important cemetery in Cuba and its 57 hectares (10 acres) makes it the largest in America. According to Enrique Martínez …

    Plaza de San Francisco

    Plaza de San Francisco  LH 5+

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    Plaza de la Catedral

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    The Malecón

    The Malecón  LH 5+

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    Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula

    Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula  LH 5

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