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Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Havana (Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana), Havana

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A fine example of 18th-century Ecclesiastic architecture, the facade is full of columns, niches and other baroque embellishments, in contrast to the asymmetry of the spires. Close to the sea and dominating one of the main squares within the old city walls, Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Havana (Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana) was once inhabited by Jesuit priests until they were evicted, the building was then consecrated as Havana Cathedral in 1789. On the inside there are copies of paintings by Rubens and Murillo on the alters, and at the top end of the choir section one can see part of frescoes by Italian artist Giuseppe Perovanni. Some of Columbus' remains were kept here between 1796 and 1898, and there is a finely crafted sculpture of Saint Christopher, Patron Saint of Havana, which dates from 1632 and was made by Martín Andújar in Seville, Spain.