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Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo

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Address: | Calle Jesús Méndez y Calle Rodríguez, Sancti Spiritus 62600, Cuba
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Built between 1817 and 1892 and now being restored, it is the largest...

Built between 1817 and 1892 and now being restored, it is the largest church in Cuba.

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Fourteen wooden altars

The Iglesia de la Santisima is the focal point of the Plaza Mayor. If it's open then it's worth a visit to see the fourteen wooden altars and stroll the cool interior. The high... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 April 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The Iglesia de la Santisima is the focal point of the Plaza Mayor. If it's open then it's worth a visit to see the fourteen wooden altars and stroll the cool interior. The high altar is a mass of pointed spires that reminded me of the Sagrada Familiain Barcelona. Our guide said that there had been a church here since... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

As a place of cult, you can visite for the beauty of the architecture, wherever your are catholic or not you will enjoy the visit

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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

THis church is worth a visit and houses several interesting pieces. Watch the windows just below the ceiling and pay attention to the stairs made of cast iron!

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Bridgewater, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

The museum has local history of the Cuban Revolution. The rebels took sanctuary in the mountains in the area before the "triumph of the revolution".

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We were told that in Jan. 2014 they will celebrate the anniversary of this church built by the people in the 19th century. Celebrations will last all year. It is situated by the Plaza Mayor surrounded by cobblestone streets with steps up to outdoor cafes. There always seems to be music in Trinidad with groups playing along the street and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

It was only at second try that we were able to get inside the church, it was nice in the inside, just in my opinion it needs a lil bit more of care, and also it was very hot inside...in general its a nice place to stop by.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

In addition to the history there are very interesting tales about those who attended the church in the early days and of how the altar came to stay at this church where it was not originally intended.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

Iglesia Santisima can be seen many different ways, whether a post card snap, iconic Roman Catholic symbol, or just another church. You’ll need to decide how you see it, but for us it is a working, living, breathing Roman Catholic Church. We were fortunate to be able to see the inside of Santisima as our timing permitted it, so off... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

If you are Catholic or not, but into architecture and culture that's the place to see on Sunday, may be quite pack with locals, but you will never get that experience when is empty or pack with tourist with flashing cameras and multilingual noise.

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bolton west canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Cuba has so much more to offer than the beautiful beaches and resorts. Visiting the countryside is a must and then the cities, including Havana, require a lot of attention. Trinidad is probably my favorite. The whole town is beautiful including la Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad. More than a few hours, and if possible a stay overnight will... More 

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