Places of Cult

Places of Cult

The church of Angel Hill [La Loma del Angel] is present in the literature and history of Cuba. Its architectural richness and the beauty of the religious art that it guards hold it among the most important churches of the Historical Center of Havana.

The adoration of the virgin of Regla is one of the most diffused beliefs in Cuba. The syncretism with the deity Yemayá of the Yoruba religion makes it more recognized. Our Lady of Regla- which is syncretized with Yemayá in the African religion - has listened to the prayers of the marines for more than 1 500 years.

The Church of Reina Street is the highest one in Cuba. Of neo-Gothic style, it is a symbol of Reina Street and of the Cuban capital. Its construction began on August 7th, 1914. Made of an authentic Gothic style, it has the fundamental elements of this trend: pointed arch, high vaults, reduced walls, large wide windows and luminous stained panes.

El Rincón is one of the most important cult and pilgrimage places in Cuba. On December 17th, hundreds of people go there to fulfill their promises to the saint. More than 15 thousand Cuban believers go to the this spot known as El Rincón, National Sanctuary of St Lazaro, on December 16th or 17th every year, in the eve and anniversary of this so worshipped saint.

The pregnant virgins are a rarity among the religious catholic icons. The only one of the Caribbean is in the Parish of St John Baptist of Remedios. A curious surprise catches those who visit the biggest Parish of Saint John Baptist of Remedios, in the central province of Villa Clara, when a carving of the Blessed Virgin pregnant was discovered, considered unique in Cuba, Latin America and one of the few of the world.

The popular culture has its space at Manuel Semanat's Spot of Miracles where the Afro-Cuban culture is diffused. In 2003 the painter Manuel Semanat Beltrán, well known as "Candela", gave life to a project of transformation of a Havanan neighborhood rescuing inheritances, values and symbols of the Afro-Cuban religion, while developing projects of social inclusion.

The orthodox cathedral Our Lady of Kazáñ is the Russian orthodox cathedral church of Havana. Cuban and Russian specialists participated in its construction. The first stone of the cathedral was placed in its place on February 14th, 2006. It was inaugurated two and a half years later, on October 19th, 2008, by the president of Cuba, Raúl Castro.

The Afro-Cuban culture has a diffusion space in the Alley of Hamel. This spot founded in 1990, functions as a concert place and art gallery. Those who want to know about the origins and the customs of Cuba will find their space in the small corner of the capital where the art and the tradition coexist.

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