Old Havana Museo de la Farmacia Habanera Medicinal Urns

Plaza del Cristo and Around in Old Havana

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Plaza del Cristo is often overshadowed by Old Havana’s four larger plazas, but it deserves your love too! See it before it transforms into another hotspot.

Plaza del Cristo

Plaza del Cristo is Old Havana’s least visited plaza, thereby making it appealing. You won’t find large tour groups congregating around their guide, or tourists photo-bombing your picture. Instead, you will be able to take a few shots of the picturesque Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje in peace.

Old Havana Plaza del Cristo and Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje

A small section of Plaza del Cristo with Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje.

The plaza’s renovation recently finished, complete with saplings and benches. Depending on the time of your visit you will see school kids heading to class, or grabbing a quick refresco. Over time, the square will continue to become more picturesque as the trees develop and provide more shade. Now, the focus has to be placed on the surrounding buildings that are in dire need of a renovation themselves. I imagine within 10 years Plaza del Cristo will be a trendy plaza with the latest restaurants and accommodation.

Old Havana Plaza del Cristo Dilapidated Buildings

Time to snatch up these properties as Plaza del Cristo will be the next hotspot.

Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje

Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje (try saying that three times fast) is the highlight of Plaza del Cristo. The ornate façade is hidden behind lush vegetation, and has lovely stained glass windows at the top.

Old Havana Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje

Parroquial del Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje is a true ‘hidden’ gem.

Museo de la Farmacia Habanera

Heading down Calle Brasil, you will come across the Museo de la Farmacia Habanera (free).

Old Havana Calle Brasil

Calle Brasil is less popular than Calle Obispo, but still a main thoroughfare.

There are a few pharmacies scattered around Old Havana, but this is the best among them. At first glance, each pharmacy appears to be a bar. However, there are ceramic urns filled with medicine in lieu of hard liquor lining the shelves.

Old Havana Museo de la Farmacia Habanera Medicine Bar

Next round is on us!

The sales associate behind the counter still fills prescriptions, and a few explanatory plaques share the history. The atmosphere is more reminiscent of a Chinese pharmacy than one you would find in Latin America.

Old Havana Museo de la Farmacia Habanera Antique Containers

The Pharmacy Museum exhibit really resembles the findings of an ancient tomb.

***The Final Word – Visit Plaza del Cristo on your way to/from Central Havana as you wander down Calle Brasil.***

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Comments

  1. It’s interesting to see the old building that needs to be renovated among those that have been. I like the pharmacy that you found. It looks like a very nice Plaza.

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