Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Cayo Santa Maria

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Nestled in the only plaza in Cuba with two churches, Iglesia de San Juan Batista's soft golden glow will attract you to its door first. Built in 1692 on the remains of a church dating back to 1570, the religious structure is considered one of the oldest in Cuba. Under constant siege in the 17th and 18th century, the building was painted white to disguise it from pirates and marauders. Its glittering gold walls were not seen again until 1944, when a millionaire Cuban philanthropist restored the site to its former glory. Step inside to find even more gold, lavished across 13 ornately decorated altars. If the front doors are closed, head round the rear of the building or attend evening mass. Plan to visit Iglesia de San Juan Batista and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Cayo Santa Maria attractions using our Cayo Santa Maria day trip site .
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  • The church of San Juan Bautiste is worth visiting as it is one of the oldest churches in Cuba. The architecture and style are what you would expect of a church that old. There are usually tours going ...  more »
  • stop bound for who explore the area, contact should be a paricular taxi and join with santa clara and trinidad
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  • I have visited Remedios several times in my life and always make a point to stop at the church. This church is very small, but very rich in history, it was established by the first Spaniards settlers ...  more »
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