El Templete

  • El Templete is a monument in Havana, Cuba, that pays homage to the place where the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was celebrated in 1519.
  • The monument consists of a bust of Christopher Columbus and three canvases painted by Jean Baptiste Vermay.
  • It is a Neoclassic building, typical example of colonial architecture.
  • The tiny neoclassical Doric chapel on the east side of Plaza de Armas, and was erected in 1828 at the point where Havana's first Mass was held beneath a ceiba tree in November 1519. 
  • A similar ceiba tree has now replaced the original. Inside the chapel are three large paintings of the event by French painter Jean-Baptiste Vermay (1786–1833).


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