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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  • We had the chance of there met a guide who also was familiar with the history of each elements such as of cuba and one of the churches around the world, we have much apreciated
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  • First, being from a young country like Canada to go to a village established in 1515 is mind blowing. Stepping into a Catholic Church built in the early 1700's with all the original wood work, floorin...  more »
  • This church is amazing, gold alters brought by the Spanish. Oldest church in Cuba, held in pristine condition by the people of Remedios. Worth the visit to see  more »
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