Iglesia Jesús de Miramar


Despite its modernity, Playa cradles Cuba's second-largest church, an aesthetically pleasing neo-Romanesque structure topped by a giant dome. Built in 1948, it protects Cuba's largest pipe organ and – best of all – a set of truly amazing Stations of the Cross painted directly onto the walls by Spaniard Cesareo Hombrados Oñativia in the 1950s.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Havana attractions

1. Fundación Naturaleza y El Hombre

0.44 MILES

This tiny museum seems to confirm the adage 'small is beautiful.' It displays artifacts from a 17,422km canoe trip from the Amazon source to the sea that…

2. Russian Embassy

0.58 MILES

In case you were wondering, that huge Stalinist obelisk that dominates the skyline halfway down Av Quinta is the Russian (formerly Soviet) embassy,…

3. Acuario Nacional

0.73 MILES

Founded in 1960, the national aquarium is a Havana institution designed primarily for Cuban visitors, who arrive by the legion. Overseas visitors, be…

4. Instituto Superior de Arte

1.15 MILES

The leading art academy in Cuba was established in the former Havana Country Club in 1961 and elevated to the status of institute in 1976. The cluster of…

5. Monumento a Calixto García

1.22 MILES

The equestrian Monumento a Calixto García pays homage to the valiant general and military strategist who participated in Cuba’s three most important pro…

6. Museo de la Alfabetización

1.47 MILES

The former Cuartel Colombia military airfield at Marianao is now a school complex called Ciudad Libertad. Pass through the gate to visit this inspiring…

7. Palacio de las Convenciones

1.51 MILES

Also known as the Havana Convention Center or by the acronym Palco, this is one of Cuba's most dramatic modern buildings. Built for the Nonaligned…

8. La Maqueta de la Capital

1.52 MILES

Havana itself is somewhat dilapidated in parts and so, ironically, is this huge 1:1000 scale model of the city, which looks as though it could do with a…