On a tour of the Regla Museum you’ll see religious art housed inside the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Our Lady of Mercy). You’ll have a specialized guide who can explain the cultural context of this art, which has significance for both Catholicism and Santería.
- 4 hrs
- Available Days:
- Sun Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
- 9:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced is home to one of the most famous religious icon in all of Cuba, La Santísima Virgen de Regla. This version of the Virgin Mary is black, which is important for Cubans, many of whom have African heritage. In Santería she also represents the African goddess of the ocean, Yemayá.
You can see other works of art in this that shows the combination of African and Catholic traditions. The virgin attracts huge numbers of pilgrims from all over the country, especially on her festival day of September 8th.
Havana Vieja is a fascinating neighborhood where Cuba’s people, culture, and history all intersect—it’s where you’ll want to spend most of your time in Havana. With its cafés, live music, historical sites, and colorful streets, it’s easy to spend several days wandering through this enchanting area.
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What to Bring
Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, and money for personal expenses.
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Our tour guide was amazing!! He knew so much as was very detailed in the information he gave. It was a very in-depth tour to understand the culture and religion of the people there. This is not a tour for people are just looking to do the typical tourist journey. It was perfect for those who really want to learn about the country and get immersed in the culture there.