Church of San Antonio de Padua

Church of San Antonio de Padua

At the end of the 18th century a man called Matías Sarmiento emigrated from Tejeda and became a rich landowner in Havana. He later decided that he wanted to finance the foundation of a religious retreat in Mogán, under the patronage of San Antonio de Padua.

He began preparations for the project in 1773 with the help of his nephew and gradually transferred funds and products for the project to the island to be managed by his relatives. However, the project never really got off the ground so in 1803 he firmly instructed his nephew to get the project underway. His nephew followed his instructions and the project was presented to the bishop. Plans for the project were drawn up by the famous architect Jose Lujan Perez.

To ensure the project would be completed Matías Sarmiento allocated 2,000 pesos annually for masses to be held in his honour in the future parish of San Antonio. Sarmiento died on February 6, 1809 at which time the work had only just began. The work on the hermitage was completed a few years later in around 1813 - 1814.

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