1. Sacred Destinations
  2. Cuba
  3. Havana
  4. Iglesia del Espiritu Santo

Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, Havana

Photo © paseosporlahabana.com. View all images in our Iglesia del Espiritu Santo Photo Gallery.

The Iglesia del Espíritu Santo (Church of the Holy Spirit) is Havana's oldest church. It contains several notable paintings and a crypt with catacombs.


The Iglesia del Espíritu Santo was built in 1638 by Afro-Cubans who were brought to the island as slaves but later bought their freedom. Appropriately, it's the only church in Havana authorized to grant political asylum.

What to See

Inside the church are several notable paintings, including a seated, post-crucifixion Christ on the right wall.

The crypt, entered from the left of the altar, contains catacombs, which you can visit with the custodian-guide who speaks a little English ($1 tip appreciated).

The three-story belfry to the left of the church is one of the tallest towers in Old Havana.

Quick Facts on Iglesia del Espiritu Santo

Site Information
Names:Church of the Holy Spirit; Iglesia del Espiritu Santo; Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, Havana
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Havana, Cuba
Coordinates:23.132452° N, 82.350463° W  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Iglesia del Espiritu Santo

Below is a location map and aerial view of Iglesia del Espiritu Santo. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.


  1. Fodor's Exploring Cuba, 3rd ed.

More Information

Article Info

Title:Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, Havana
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:08/16/2009
Link code:<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/cuba/havana-iglesia-del-espiritu-santo/cuba/havana-iglesia-del-espiritu-santo">Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, Havana</a>