CHURCH AND STATE
When the current regime banned organized religion in the country after the 1959 Revolution, churches Should Have experienced the same rate of deferred maintenance egalitarian as other buildings.
To the new government's credit it did not stop its citizens (or the clergy) from volunteering to maintain churches under the guise of repairing historic sites.
Today, as Cuba and the Vatican are drawing closer, many of the major basilica's in the nation are in a good state of repair-thanks to the remarkable Cuban people and blind eye (on purpose) of the government.
de la Purisma Concepción in Cienfuego’s main square |
was built between 1833-59. Photo: Michael Shess
La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana, Plaza de la Catedral, Old Havana, is one of 11 Roman Catholic cathedrals in Cuba. Completed in 1777, it is still in use.Photo: Phyllis Shess
The basilica and monastery of San Francisco de Asis, pictured here in Plaza San Francisco, were built by the Franciscan order in Havana Between 1580-1591. Today, the structure is a concert venue. Photo: Michael Shess