Iglesia de Jesús de Miramar

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Side View (taken August 2007)
Mural in church.
Organ in poor condition (taken August 2007)
Mural in church.
Mural in church.
Interior of the church looking north
Main Altar.

Iglesia de Jesús de Miramar is the second largest church in Cuba. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana. It was begun in 1948 and inaugurated on May 28, 1953. It is constructed in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Its architect was Eugenio Cosculluela y Barreras (1893–1978)

The murals in the church were painted by the Spanish painter, Cesareo Marciano Hombrados y de Onativia (1909–1977) between the years 1952 and 1959. There are more than 266 figures represented in the 14 large murals. His model for the Virgin Mary was his wife, Sara Margarita Fernandez y Lopez (born August 5, 1927 in Havana, Cuba). The writer Carlos Eire, in his book: Waiting for Snow in Havana, says: "What a church that was, so full of murals depicting the passion of Jesus of Nazareth. Huge, colorful murals, most of them densely packed with crowds and people. The oddest thing was that many of those who had paid for the murals had been included in these crowd scenes." (page 225)

The largest pipe organ in Cuba (with 5000 pipes) was inaugurated on November 22, 1956 in the church. Parts of the organ were brought from Spain and the rest was constructed in the Church by the Spaniard Guillermo de Aizpura.

In the gardens of the Church grounds is a copy of the Grotto of the Virgin of Our Lady of Lourdes, France, designed by the architect Max Borges Jr. and inaugurated on May 13, 1958. The church is located at Quinta Ave esquina a 82 (5th avenue at the corner of 82nd street), Miramar, La Habana, Cuba.

Interior of Church looking south towards the altar

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Coordinates: 23°06′20.55″N 82°26′27.82″W / 23.1057083°N 82.4410611°W / 23.1057083; -82.4410611