The Iglesia de la Caridad del Cobre a little bit west of Santiago is one of the holy places of Cuba and was visited by the pope. The church houses the statue of the Virgin de la Caridad. The legend tells that the statue was saved from the sea by sailors from Cobre in 1606. Furthermore the statue is a symbol for Ochún, the Santería-godness of love. This religion came with the slaves from Africa, who covered the identities of their gods by corresponding catholic ones.