"Plaza de la Revolucion" Plaza de la Revolucion Tip by Kaspian
Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana: 34 reviews and 64 photos
This is the official site for large public gatherings and parades in Havana and it can hold more than one million people. The Plaza hosts events such as the 1998 visit of Pope John Paul II and Fidel Castro's annual May Day (May 1st) speeches. The "Memorial Jose Marti", located in the centre of the Plaza, consists of three parts: the statue, the giant tower behind him, and the museum below. The massive granite statue is of Jose Marti (1853-1895), Cuba's famous political activist, teacher, poet, and writer who was killed in the early Cuban War of Independence. If you haven't read any of his writing, I suggest you do--because it's good (everybody who's been to the Caribbean knows the song "Guantanamera").
I think they bulked old Jose up a bit in this statue because he looks more like a football player than the skinny guy he was.
The tower is constructed of marble from La Isla de la Juventud--where Castro had been imprisoned for his attack on the Moncada Barracks (Santiago) in 1953. You can take an elevator to the top for a spectacular view. This is the highest point in the city.
Below the statue is the museum where you find manuscripts, memorabilia, and portraits of Marti.
Do not wander aimlesslessly around the monuments without paying first! Look to the far right (facing the statue) for a little booth. There is a small fee where you can pay to walk the grounds and take photos. It costs extra for admission to the museum and to climb the tower. It's open Monday to Saturday.
Opposite the memorial is the Ministerio del Interior (Ministry of the Interior) building, with the famous bronze and neon mural of Che Guevara on its side.
Address: Calle Paseo and Ave. Independencia, Havana
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