Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de Belén

Convent in Habana Vieja

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 for the physically and mentally impaired, and the elderly (there are 18 apartments for senior citizens). There is also a new museum dedicated to meteorology and climatology on five levels.