Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi
4 expert reviews
“Completed in 1591, this church played an important religious and cultural role in Latin America.”
– Michelin Guide
"Built in the 16th century, in 1730 it was restored in a baroque style, resulting in a richly adorned facade with fluted conch-like tympanums over the doors and windows." Full review
"On the corner of Cuba Street and Sol y Luz Street stands Cuba's oldest convent, founded in 1644 and abandoned by the nuns in 1919." Full review
"On the corner of Cuba Street and Merced Street stands the fine architectural ensemble of the Convento de la Merced...the building shows the ravages of time, but is all the more poetic as a result." Full review
Make sure you visit the church, which is richly decorated with polychromatic sculptures, altarpieces and finely worked sacristy furnishings, as well as frescoes, particularly on the cupola.