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. Make Iglesia de San Juan Batista a centerpiece of your Remedios vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Remedios day trip site.
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Located in the historic town of Remedios, this is one of the few churches found in Cuba. With all original wood carvings that were gold plated at a later date, this church is beautiful and historic..... more »
The church was interesting for its’ history, and gilded decorations and statues, and awesome wooden ceiling. We were glad to have visited this site. The guide was informative and well versed in the... more »
Historic church just recently visited by the President of Cuba. Gorgeous solid gold alter. Amazing original flooring. Friendly staff. more »
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