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Cathedral of Havana
Cathedral of Havana
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Description

Havana's largest and most famous cathedral.

Location

Havana, Cuba, Caribbean

Date constructed

1748 - 1777

Historical information
Functions

Cathedral

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The Cathedral of Havana, referred to in full as La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (English: Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception), is a cathedral located in Havana, Cuba. It also serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana.

The Cathedral of Havana was built on the site of an earlier smaller church; construction began in 1748 and finished many years later, in 1777.

The cathedral was built in a Baroque style, featuring many curves and double curves that turn into column-like pilaster structures within the facade. As well as this, the building's obvious asymmetry and curious construction material - coral taken from the ocean nearby - make it one of the most unique houses of worship in the world.

In 1722, the pirate Edward Kenway visited the site whereupon the Cathedral would be built 26 years later, believing he would find his target, the Templar Grand Master Laureano de Torres y Ayala, there. Instead, he found Torres' bodyguard, El Tiburón, whom he followed to the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta.

TriviaEdit

  • Two Animus data fragments could be found atop the church.
  • Despite the structure not existing during Edward Kenway's time in Havana, the building was anachronistically included in Abstergo Entertainment's Virtual Experience due to its status as a recognizable landmark.

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