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I was very surprised when I came in the evening to the main square in Santiago de Cuba, Plaza Cespedes, and saw the cathedral so illuminated. In the cathedral there was an exhibition about the Bible. I joined the guided tour (in Spanish) and it was very interesting.

Rare texts and manuscripts from one of the world’s largest private collections of biblical artifacts are now on display at the recently renovated Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in Santiago de Cuba through March 13. This is the second time portions of the Museum of the Bible Collection are being publicly displayed in Cuba; and it is the first time since diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015. The exhibit titled La Biblia: The Way of God in the Way of Man makes the Bible and historical artifacts publicly accessible to the Caribbean nation’s 11.2 million residents.

The exhibit focuses on the history of the Bible and its impact on Cuba’s unique past. Guests of the free, public exhibit will experience specially curated selections from the Museum Collection, as well as biblical art from prominent Cuban writers, poets and painters. A painting by Cuban artist Jesús Rivera of Bartolomé de las Casas, a priest celebrated as an early champion of human rights and the abolition of slavery of native Cubans and other citizens in the Caribbean under the Spanish Empire, will also be on display.

Other items on display in Santiago de Cuba include:

Selected art of Harold Copping, a 20th-century artist renowned for his portrayals of biblical stories
The first complete Bible in Spanish and other early Spanish editions, as well as first editions of the King James Bible and other rare printed Bibles
A replica of the Great Isaiah Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls
An array of biblical texts on papyrus.

I will upload two more pictures in Workshop with other images of the illuminated cathedral.

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