A peak experience of the Cuba tour was the visit to Matanzas and the Monserrat Cathedral. The link has a photo of the exterior. I wasn't able to get a good one. This cathedral is pleasing in its architecture and in its location. The Choir that performed for us, the Coro de Camara de Matanzas, surprised me. I was overwhelmed, as a matter of fact, when they sang a lovely arrangement of Shannendoah. Since I don't regard myself as sentimental, such attacks of emotion always take me by surprise. A visitor with an I-phone captured this performance, which sounds like the one I heard.
The Cathedral is located on the top of a hill overlooking Matanzas, a pretty coastal resort town. Elevations are rare in Cuba, so this is a special spot; it was very windy the day we visited. The original Montserrat, in Catalonia, is outside of Barcelona and is a well traveled to and well known place. I have visited there twice.This Cuban church, Monserrat, is inspired by Montserrat in Spain and like the original is dedicated to the Black Madonna, patron saint of Catalonia, but it is simple rather than grand. A few photos:
View of Mantanzas
The choir takes a bow.
Strange ceramic in the church
Replica of the Black Madonna of Montserrat with Catalan colors and photo of Montserrat
Another rendition of the Madonna. There are many versions of her in many places.