Church of Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje in Havana, Cuba - Encircle Photos

16 Church of Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje in Havana, Cuba

Prior to 1640, Iglesia del Cristo (Christ Church) stood on this site. The Franciscan hermitage was torn down to make way for the construction of the Church of Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje. After it was finished in 1664, it marked the spot where the annual Stations of the Cross procession ended each Good Friday. When a devastating storm struck in 1694, the church was largely destroyed and had to be rebuilt. The twin, octagonal bell towers were added by 1755. After undergoing subsequent renovations – the last one in 2016 – little remains of the original building. It is called the Church of Good Voyage because mariners came here to pray before transatlantic voyages.

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Amargura and Cristo Streets, La Habana, Cuba

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