Basilica of Saint Frances of Assisi

Basilica of Saint Frances of Assisi

Located in an old convent dating back to 1734, is this combination of both museum and church. The spacious building itself is a wonderful example of eighteenth century architecture, with a display that includes many old paintings, some of which come from abroad. There are a number of religious statues and artefacts, and thanks to excavations near the main entrance, visitors can now see the catacombs that lie beneath the church. There are two items in the collection deemed of prime importance: a crystal statue of Jesus given to Fidel Castro by Mother Teresa, and a set of chairs used by President Castro and Pope John Paul II when he visited Cuba 1997. If you wish to take photographs there is an additional fee of 2 CUC added to the entrance charge, and 10 CUC if you want to video the mass.

Calle Oficios, La Habana Vieja, La Habana, 10600 Cuba.

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