The Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Cobre in El Cobre is Cuba’s most sacred pilgrimage site and shrine to its National Sacred Sites: La Virgen de la Caridad (Virgin of Mercy). The copper mine at El Cobre, which had existed since pre-Columbian times, was once the oldest mine in the western hemisphere, operated by Europeans. In 1530 the Spaniards built copper here. However, it was closed in 2000. The current attraction of the place, 18 km northwest of Santiago de Cuba on the old road to Bayamo is the statue of the Virgen de la Caridad in the basilica.
If you drive by car close to arrive El Cobre you will find many vendors trying to sell flowers etc. but do not stop even if people notice you. There is a parking available a parking for visitors.