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Cuba - Santuario Nacional de San Lázaro (Saint Lazarus National Sanctuary)

The church, close to the leper colony, is witness to one of the most popular expressions of religious fervour in Cuba. Worshippers, who attribute to Saint Lazarus, or Babalú Ayé, a great generosity to grant personal petitions and to work miracles, usually go to this site on December 17th, either on foot or using any means of transport available.

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The site is in excellent condition. It was awarded the National Prize for Monument Restoration because of the intervention made in 2015.

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Other data of interest


Historical name

Iglesia y Leprosorio de San Lázaro (Saint Lazarus Church and Leper Colony)

Founding Date

1936 (current facilities)


El Rincón, Santiago de las Vegas, Boyeros, La Habana , PC: 10800 .

Responsible entity

Catholic Church

Management plan




Religious-ceremonial site

Access level


Current Use

Religious temple

Original use

Religious temple

Property kind


Expressions of intangible heritage associated

Every year on the eve of December 17th there is a religious procession of worshippers of Saint Lazarus, the largest of its kind to take place in Cuba.