April 14, 2002
Here is a great place to join in with the locals in that great sport of window shopping, away from the show pieces of tourist town Havana and Santiago de Cuba you can gain a real insight into Cuban life, and the empty shop windows are a clear indictment of the US blockade.
There has been a church on this site since 1697 when according to local legend a cart got stuck in the mud here and when the locals turned out to push it out a crate fell off breaking open to reveal a mysterious statue of the Virgin Mary, which was taken as a sign that a church should be built here.
The church itself built in the 1750s, a replacement for the earlier wooden structure, is a rather dull red brick structure that dominates the town, but inside is its true treasure, fantastic Baroque frescoes that line the walls and ceilings and are well worth a peek.
It may not look like much on the outside but inside it is the most beautiful church in town and one of the most charming in the whole of Cuba.
From journal City of Tinajones