Convent sights in Cuba
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South of Plaza Vieja is Havana's largest and oldest convent built between 1638 and 1643, though since 1920 it has served no religious purpose. For a while it housed the Ministry of Public Works, and today part of the Habana Vieja restoration team is based here. You can visit the large cloister and nuns' cemetery or even spend the night in cheap monastic digs.
This one-time convent completed in 1718 and run by nuns from the Order of Bethlehem and (later) the Jesuits is now a convalescent home for senior citizens funded by the City Historian's Office. It is one of the city's most successful social projects and living proof of how tourist money and foresighted government planning can benefit local people.