Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de Belén

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Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de Belén information

Location
Havana , Cuba
Address
Compostela
btwn Luz & Acosta
Opening hours
by appointment
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This huge 1718 building first functioned as a convalescent home and later as a Jesuit convent. Abandoned in 1925, it fell into disrepair, exacerbated in 1991 by a damaging fire. The City Historian reversed the decline in the late 1990s using tourist coffers to transform it into an active community center; guided tours of the splendidly restored building are available through San Cristóbal Agencia de Viajes .

It's now a community hub for families, young people, the physically and mentally impaired, and the elderly (there are 18 permanent apartments for senior citizens here).