Tiled mural close to the Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula, Havana, November 2016
This tiled mural overlooks the beautiful Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula, part of what was a larger complex of church and women’s hospital. Its baroque facade and large solid cupola, invite a closer look, as do its beautiful stained glass windows. The surrounding courtyard provides a place for the locals to relax.
Although the hospital has been lost, the church was listed as a National Monument in 1944 and was renovated in 2000. It was converted to a concert hall and became the home of the early Cuban music group, Ars Longa. The tiled mural, brings together the ancient church and its support for early music, with voice, lute, viol and hurdy gurdy represented in this joyous scene.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 22 February 2021