Basílica Menor de San Francisco de Asís
Salon specializing in choral and chamber concerts. His stage plays host to important Cuban and foreign musicians.
Also it is known as the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. It was founded in the late sixteenth century in 1575, it was the distinctive feature of the presence of the Franciscan Order in America, who had the responsibility evangelizing the people of America. This first building was demolished in 1719 when the construction of which still exists started and it was completed in 1738; built by Fray Juan Romero whose tower, the highest of the time, was the work of architect José maples. In 1739 he was consecrated bishop by the Franciscan Juan Luis Lazo de la Vega and Cancino rank of Minor Basilica, at the time attached to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. His celebrity side made this Franciscan convent square bearing his name and to this day is known as Plaza de San Francisco de Assisi or San Francisco.
The Basilica of the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi was also converted, for its exceptional acoustics in concert hall very popular, where performances of choral music and chamber are offered; and hosts the Early Music Festival in Havana. Through the glass windows and open in the eardrums of the lunettes óculos, light enters and is distributed moderately from the nave to the side, thanks to the remarkable height difference between them.
The halls and galleries of the old convent hosting various temporary exhibitions of Cuban and foreign contemporary artists, and serve as a stage for lectures, presentations of books and national and international events. In neighboring field, where it stood the dome of the church is today a garden in honor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, decorated with sculptures by contemporary artists was opened there in 1999.
Price according to the presentation. Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs. Calle Oficios and / Bitterness and Churruca. Havana Vieja. 862 9683.