Havana’s magnificent cathedral was described by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier as “music set in stone”. What perfect words for this baroque facade that brings extra delight to the square in which it sits. The two unequal towers bring a sense of friendly charm as opposed to rigid austerity. And there are treats inside too, including paintings that are copies of originals by Murillo and Rubens
Following its construction in 1787, the diocese of Havana was created and the church became a cathedral – one of the oldest in the Americas. For further fame, it housed the remains of Christopher Columbus until 1898, when they were moved to Seville Cathedral in Spain.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 20 January 2017
Part of Weekend in B&W