San Juan de Remedios Tourist Attractions

San Juan de Remedios, usually just called Remedios is a peaceful and beautiful town on the northern coastline of Cuba. The historic city center around Plaza Marti contains some lovely colonial architecture.

Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Remedios (Cathedral)

The Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Remedios in San Juan de Remedios is credited with being the oldest Church in Cuba. The present church was built in 1692 on the existing structure of a church that was originally constructed in 1570. In the mid 1900s, an American millionaire who was able to trace his family tree back to the town of Santa Clara, financed the renovation of the Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Remedios. The bell tower is a neo-Classical design and the interior is a baroque. Some of the most important features to look for are the ornate ceiling and the gold leaf covered cedar altar.

Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas

The Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas deals with the December 24 festival traditions in San Juan de Remedios. On display at the museum is information on the history of the tradition of festivities and noise making in Remedios on the night before Christmas. In the basement visitors will find photos of the last December 24 festival events. The museum is quite interesting and covers everything from the construction of fireworks to displays on costumes and musical instruments used in previous celebrations. Guided tours of the Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas are available and provide interesting insight into the traditions.

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