Father Varela Memorial

Father Varela Memorial


Father Félix Varela (1788-1853) arrived in New York in 1823 and, as a defender of immigrant rights, established the Church of Immigrants, later renamed Transfiguration Church, which has continued to serve the communities of Irish, Italian, and, recently, of Chinese immigrants.

The Memorial, there, is constituted by a statue of Father Varela surrounded by aluminum letters which together suggest The Lord’s Prayer.

Discovering the Varela monument in Chinatown illustrates the inexhaustibility of Cuban culture, its uniqueness, in the center of an area known in 1840 as the Five Points, where several waves of immigrants have converged over the years.

(25 Mott St., New York)

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