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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. Use our Cayo Santa Maria vacation builder to arrange your visit to Iglesia de San Juan Batista and other attractions in Cayo Santa Maria.
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  • This church was stunning. It is one of 2 Catholic Churches on the square. The alter is paved with 22 k gold leaf. The workmanship in the church's rafters is fantastic. There is no cost to visit this c...  more »
  • We really loved visiting the sugarcane factory. The steam trains were not working so we ended up getting 2 bottles of free rum each. =D 
  • It seems to be the rule of thumb to preserve priceless historic and irreplaceable artifacts that no flash be allowed. You can purchase postcards or pictures. Another lovely town square and church.