The Catedral de La Habana sits on the north end of the plaza and is considered one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Cuba. Construction first started around 1748 by Jesuit missionaries who were given this plot of land due to its swampy (not ideal) character. When the Jesuits were expelled from Cuba in 1767 the church was not yet complete and was finished off by Franciscan Monks. This is why the tower at left (Franciscan) is much different than the tower at right (Jesuit).

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