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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  • August 11, 2017
    Thank you for the interesting excursion provided! The place is really worth to go - wooden statues and paintings are beautiful!  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The trip to this town was very good, we were shown around the old town, the church is worth visiting and to leave a small donation to those in need.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We visited this church as part of an excursion it is the oldest church in Cuba 1500's. really cool tour and learned a lot.  more »

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