Photographer's Note

In the end of the street Calle Santa Ana there is a church Santa Ana. This church dating from 1812 has long been abandoned and is in danger of falling down, such is its condition. In the small square below the church there are some benches in the shade and a fine Carrara marble bust of a gentleman I forgot to take the name of. On the right hand side along the calle San Domingo is an old Spanish prison, now converted into a cultural centre and restaurant.

Catholicism has historically been the majority religion since Cuba's colonization. However, Communist Cuba is no exception to the ideological clash between Communism and Roman Catholicism that was common in communist countries. After Fidel Castro's ascent to power in 1959, he imposed restrictions on religious activities such as Christmas celebrations, and in 1962 barred personnel of the Church from joining the Communist Party - following a communist tradition.However, Castro's efforts were not as successful as in traditionally secular communist countries such as China.

When the Cold War ended, such restrictions were lifted and the atheist guidelines outlined in the Cuban Constitution were removed. Catholics have been able openly join the Party since 1990. In 1998 Pope John Paul II made an official visit to Cuba and met leader Fidel Castro in person. Castro honored the Pope publicly. Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2012, meeting both Fidel and Raúl Castro, as did Pope Francis in 2015.

Some churches are renovated, many are still in ruin.

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I like the side view with the beautiful red tree (I do not know what it is)

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12534 W: 133 N: 32296] (148883)
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