One of the newest built churches is the Russian Orthodox Church in Old Havana at San Pedro street opposite the Sierra Maestra Terminal. The Russian 'Our Lady of Kazan' church, was inaugurated in 2008 by the Cuban president Raul Castro in the presence of the Russian president Medvedev.
Churches in Havana
The majority of the churches are dating from the Spanish colonial era. The important ones in the city are:
San Cristobal de la Habana Catedral, located on the Plaza de la Catedral, Old Havana and regarded as one of the finest baroque style churches in Latin America. The cathedral has been declared a national monument.
The cathedral is open Mon-Sat. 9.30am till 4.00pm. The mass is at 10.30am.
Iglesia del Espiritu Santo Church of the Holy Spirit, was built in 1632 by freed African slaves.
Open from 8.00am-12.00 and 15.00-20.00pm.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced, (Our Lady of Grace) was built in 1637 and is located at the corner of Merced and Cuba streets.
Open from 8.00-12.00am and 15.00-20.00pm.
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón (church of the Holy Heart) a church in Neo Gothic style built in 1923 and located on the Avenida Simon Bolivar 463, has an impressive statue of the Christ at the entrance.
Open from 7.30-12.00am and 15.00-18.00pm.
Iglesia del Angel Custodio is a church in Neo Gothic style, built in 1788 and located on Avenida de las Misiones and Cuarteles street.
Open from 3-6pm.
Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula is a church built in 1667 and located on Leonor Perez street.
Nuestra Señora de la Virgen de Regla
La Virgen de Regla is a small and lovely church built in the 19th century and located in the Habana Regla district across the bay. "Regla" was longtime the residence of free African slaves and still has an important Santeria tradition. The "Virgen de Regla" is a "Black Madona" exhibited in the church.
A fifteen minutes ferry trip starting at the Sierra Maestra terminal brings you to the Regla district.