The cathedral is set in the former Plaza de La Ciénaga. In 1727 plans to build a church, convent and collegium were approved and the project began to take form. The plaza is located on the site of a swamp that was drained and used as a naval dockyard before the cathedral was built.

The Jesuits began construction of the cathedral in 1748 on the site of an earlier church and it was completed in 1777, well after King Carlos III expelled the Jesuits from the island in 1767.

Square of the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Habana / Image: via commons.wikimedia.org

The width of the central nave is fifteen meters and the plan forms a Latin cross. The Cathedral’s front elevation is Baroque with asymmetrical bell towers. One can see fossilized marine fauna and flora in the stone walls as the Cathedral is, as many buildings in Havana are, constructed out of blocks of coral.

It has a central nave, two side aisles and eight side chapels. The central arches of the nave are buttressed by eight stone flying arches located above the side aisles on the exterior of the cathedral. The flying arches, the dome over the transept or the orange roof tiles cannot be seen from the square.

Catedral de San Cristobal is one of eleven Catholic cathedrals on the island. The thirty by forty-nine meters rectangular church serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana.


Featured Image: Catedral de San Cristobal / Image: via it.wikipedia.org

Websites: arquidiocesisdelahabana.org, lahabana.gob.cu



Latest Posts

Parthenon – The symbol of ancient Greece and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments in Athens

The greatest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates…

Bolas de piedra – The stone spheres of the Diquís in Palmar Sur

They are the best known stone sculptures of the Isthmo-Colombian area. The spheres are an…

Apollo 1 – The Site Of A Mission That Never Flew To Cape Canaveral

AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the United States Apollo program, the undertaking to…

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – The alien Mother Ship is being exhibited in Chantilly

This is the model of the Mother Ship used in the filming of the movie…

Fantasy World – The “abandoned” theme park in Lemery

The theme park, built in 2001, it was once owned by a businessman who was…

Chocolate chip cookie – The birthplace of the sweet delicacy in Whitman

In 1930, Ruth Wakefield and her husband bought a tourist lodge. When the couple opened…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Contact Us