San Francisco square

  • The Plaza de San Francisco is the second oldest square in the city.
  • A square of some sorts existed here before the first Franciscan convent was built in 1591 and gave the square its name. 
  • Facing Havana harbor, the breezy Plaza de San Francisco de Asís first grew up in the 16th century when Spanish galleons stopped by at the quayside on their passage through the Indies to Spain.
  • For many years it also served to stockpile the goods arriving from the harbor. Chronicles of the time say that the square had a busy commercial life.
  • A market took root in the 1500s, followed by a church in 1608, though when the pious monks complained of too much noise, the market was moved a few blocks south to Plaza Vieja


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