Attractions in Villa Clara

San Juan Bautista Church

Located in San Juan de los Remedios, Villa Clara on one side of the central park is credited with being the oldest church in Cuba and is considered one of the 30 wonders of Cuban architecture as it is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings on the island. . It was built in 1692 over the existing structure of a church originally from 1570. It has 13 beautiful gold-plated altars which, along with other works of art, remained under layers of paint for several centuries to prevent looting by pirates. They were rediscovered between 1944 and 1954, when the reconstruction of the church was carried out, which was paid for by Eutimio Falla Bonet, a well-remembered Cuban philanthropist.

One of the most valuable sculptures can be seen in this church, the carving that represents the Immaculate Conception, a representation of a pregnant Mary; one of the most beautiful altars carved in wood and laminated in gold and the replica of the Statue of Liberty, made in 1906 by an Italian sculptor. Its mahogany ceiling was decorated manually by Andalusian artists and the bell tower was erected between 1848 and 1858.

The San Juan Bautista Church is one of the most visited attractions in the town due to its heritage and architectural value by both Cuban and foreign visitors.

Address: Plaza Isabel II, Remedios 52700 Cuba

Phone: +53 42 395683

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