Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara

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The Catedral de Santa Clara de Asís is a cathedral located in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba. It lies on Calle Marta Abreu, one of the city's main arteries, only 2 blocks from Parque Vidal and next to the cultural centre "El Mejunje".OverviewIt is the most important religious building in the city. The much argued-about church was built in 1940 after the pull down of the original one in Parque Vidal in the year of 1923. Neo Gothic in style, it guards a wonderful collection of lead stained glass windows, the original marble “pilon” or holy water basin used to baptize the citizens since the very birth of the city (those thereby baptized are called "pilongos"), the statue of Jesus in the upper front holds a monstrance which is said is made out of pure gold. But the most impressive piece of art is the larger than life statue of the Virgin Mary inside the structure locally known as “la Virgen del camino” (Travelers' Virgin). This statue used to be, at the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, on the road to Havana as a way to bless the incoming or outgoing travelers to the city. It was pulled down soon after and it disappeared for more than three decades. It was finally re-discovered around 1995 in a ditch, roofed by soil and undergrowth. Already forgotten by the citizens of Santa Clara, a political battle ensued to decide whether taking it to a museum or giving it to the church. It was finally granted to the religious authorities.
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  • A lovely cathedral , an excellent example of Cuban church architecture. the outside could do with some repairs, it is worth conserving.  more »
  • It is a marvel. But we must always bear in mind that we are not in a European capital and that the concept of Cathedral or church is different. The entire city of Santa Clara is worthy of visit, is very interesting.
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  • Visit the Cathedral twice during my stay, is very well located just two blocks from the main square but the entire façade and the outside requires much maintenance, inside the facilities are well! I do not consider to be a forced unlike other monuments stop
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  • Huge and imposing church, definitely worth a visit.
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  • I didn't have the chance to enter the Cathedral, but it is a building which already out draws attention and is very close to the central square is the most important buildings
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