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Saintly fresco

Arnaud at Kwarkito was interested in the mural that could be seen in the background of a post on Friday, so I thought I’d show it in more detail, and in colour, today.

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

Enjoying street art has become a regular event on my travels around the world: more of my findings can be seen here
For even more art, pop over to see Sami at Monday Mural

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    • I think they are. They seem to have studied ancient music in great depth. I loved Havana and would go to one of their events if I get back there. Music was banned when I was there due to mourning for Castro.

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  1. I love this mural, Debbie. I never saw this when I was in Havana but looking at some of your photographs I missed a lot. I wonder what I was doing all the time?

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