El Templete, Havana

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  • El Templete
    El Templete
    by russian_yaz
  • El Templete, Havana,Cuba
    El Templete, Havana,Cuba
    by Havaname
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    El Templete
    by mim95
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    El templete, first church in Cuba, in 1519

    by russian_yaz Written Jun 10, 2005

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    El Templete

    It is similar to a small Greco-Roman temple. Its back part faces the bay of Havana and its front part faces the Plaza de Armas, which according to the tradition, indicates the place where the first mass and meeting of the city council were held in 1519 to mark the foundation of the villa in its current location. inaugurated in 1828 was built in the same style as its namesake in the Basque city of Guernica. It contains three large paintings by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Vermay. One of its walls bears a plaque stating that the historic center of the city is a part of World Cultural Heritage.

    Each year, in november 16 is celebrated another anniversary of this first mass and meeting. Also considered as the Havana birthday. people stand in lines for hours to get to the old ceiba and circle it asking for a wich to the saints.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Architecture

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    El Templete

    by Havaname Written Oct 3, 2004

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    El Templete, Havana,Cuba

    It is similar to a small Greco-Roman temple. Its back part faces the bay of Havana and its front part faces the Plaza de Armas, which according to the tradition, indicates the place where the first mass and meeting of the city council were held in 1519 to mark the foundation of the villa in its current location. inaugurated in 1828 was built in the same style as its namesake in the Basque city of Guernica. It contains three large paintings by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Vermay. One of its walls bears a plaque stating that the historic center of the city is a part of World Cultural Heritage.

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    El Templete

    by mim95 Updated Jul 24, 2004

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    El Templete

    The tiny neoclassical style temple was built in 1828. The site was where the first Mass was held in 1519, under a ceiba tree like the one next to the monument. Inside, there is a painting covering the entire wall on each side. The three beautiful paintings were the works of a French painter named Jean Baptiste Vermay, depicting the lives during colonial time.

    Notice that the top of the stone columns by the gate is decorated with a sculpture of pineapple, which is considered the queen of fruits in Cuba.

    No photos are allowed inside.

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