The Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and is the seat of Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana, Cuba. It is also dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal), thus it is sometimes dubbed as Cathedral of Saint Christopher.
The construction of the cathedral was started by Jesuits in 1748 on the site of an earlier church and finished by Havana City in 1777. The cathedral is set in the former Plaza de La Ciénaga or Swamp Plaza, in a site where was gathered the runoff from the city.
The Cathedral is said to be the only example of a Baroque facade that was designed with asymmetrical features - one of the towers is wider than the other. This particular feature was conceived in order to allow the water that tended to accumulate on the plaza to freely flow through the streets during the colonial period, when it was built.
Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier famously described the Cathedral as "music set in stone". It is the most prominent building on the Plaza de la Catedral, in Old Havana.
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macjake (48357) 2014-01-03 23:44
haha.....we were in Cuba at almost the same time :)
Looking at this church brings back some fond memories already.
you got the entire church in the frame which is hard to do bc of its size.
good colors and exposure levels. Sweet looking shot.
mkamionka (28037) 2014-01-05 14:11
I have seen so many photos from Cuba but never the cathedral so I am really glad that you show it to us. The light was challenging with strong shades but the result is attractive. The architecture is beautiful and indeed I would not notice these different towers thanks for pointing it out it looks funny now when I see it.
Very well done,
Kamilutka (5725) 2014-01-07 1:39
great architecture and interesting place indeed. I like the blossoming tree at the right which adds color and frames composition. Good idea to include cafe and some pedestrians - these details liven up the photo very much.
Good light, colors and sharpness.
Gigidusud (11667) 2014-01-08 13:07
Beautiful place with nice architecture and splendid light. Well done!
adramad (32897) 2014-01-12 7:38
Splendid this composition, which shows fine, the magnificent facade of the cathedral in that place that looks quite lively, with the terrace and people, the flowering vine covering part of a facade, is a nice complement.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Very well done. I love it.
Enjoy good Sunday afternoon.
- Copyright: Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) (866)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS8
- Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-03 15:50