San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary

San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary is a seminary in Havana, Cuba.

San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary
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San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary
TypePrivate Roman Catholic seminary
RectorEduardo Najarro Reyes, S.J.
Administrative staff
AffiliationsArchdiocese of Havana


It is the old School of San Jose de la Compañía de Jesus that later, in 1774 was open under the name of San Carlos and San Ambrosio Royal School Seminary.[1] This building was erected by the Jesuits in the mid 18th century to house a seminary first founded in 1689. After the Jesuits were expelled in 1767, it was known as the St. Ambrose Seminary and in 1774 it was opened under the name St. Carlos and St. Ambrosio Royal School Seminary. It is also called St. Carlos Seminary in honor of King Charles III of Spain, who declared it Conciliate in 1777, equaling it to the Spanish seminaries. Later, King Charles III of Spain transformed it into a Theological Seminary (1777). The first lecture rooms about Economics and Physics were founded here by father Felix Varela in 1813 and many students went to learn this and other new subject matters. The School had a lab and other facilities and it became even more important than the university at least until the 1840s.[2]

Its present Rector, Father Eduardo Najarro Reyes, S.J., was appointed in 2007. He replaced Msgr. Jorge Enrique Serpa Pérez who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Pinar del Rio.


It was one of the most important buildings during the colony for it was a training center before the University of Havana was open and where prestigious Cuban intellectuals were educated.

The front was redesigned to face the bay in 1950. The current entrance was designed following the Cathedrals baroque motifs. The old porch, the courtyard and me main stairway, one of the most splendid of colonial times, stands out among Havana’s religious architecture. At both sides of the gate stand two busts: José Agustín Caballero and Félix Varela.[1]

The center courtyard is the only one of its kind in Cuba: it has galleries on three levels, the first with simple columns, the second with double columns, and the third with plain wooden piers. It still operates as a seminary.

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  1. ^ a b "San Carlos y San Ambrosio". Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  2. ^ "Seminario de San Carlos y San Ambrosio". Retrieved 2018-10-09.

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Coordinates: 23°08′30″N 82°21′07″W / 23.1418°N 82.3519°W / 23.1418; -82.3519