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Cuba: History and Tourism in Havana

The Cuban capital, a key piece in the tourist scene of the island, has elements that complement the traditional offers for leisure.

In fact, the sun, beach and nature combine with the history of the Cuban nation, where the figure of the National Hero José Martí stands out in numerous monuments and museums.

From the emblematic cemetery of Santa Ifigenia - where the remains of the Apostle rest - to the José Martí Memorial, the outstanding intellectual and revolutionary is present throughout the Cuban geography.

This last monument has the so-called Plaza de la Revolucion (Revolution Square), a huge esplanade that has served as the stage for the largest popular concentrations of the last 40 years in the Caribbean island.

In its surroundings, a large statue of the Apostle appears like a silent witness of the events that have happened in that historic place, where millions of Cubans have gathered in different events since 1959, many times accompanied by foreign visitors.

Precisely, at the base of the sculpture, there is the Memorial grounds, the guardian of many exponents linked to the life and work of who is also the Apostle of the Cuban nation.

Tower and Monument to José Martí
Entrance and Bust of Martí, José Martí Memorial
Room 4, José Martí Memorial

The tours through the Memorial and surrounding areas constitute a demand in the leisure programs linked to the culture and history provided by the numerous travel agencies and tour operators operating in the city.

In addition, the ascent to the Monument Viewpoint, located 141 meters above sea level and considered by the specialists as the highest point of the city, was restored.

A new elevator carries visitors to their final destination, from where a panoramic view of about 50 kilometers of the centenary city can be enjoyed, with its mix of architectural styles, cultures, traditions and races, a unique offer that can make an impact forever in the memory of thousands of vacationers who bet on leisure in the Caribbean island.

Specialized staff welcomes tourists for a tour where they can meet not only the personality of Martí, but also aspects related to the construction of the monumental complex, the square and its buildings nearby.

At the base of the monument, in the form of the five points of a star, four exhibition halls and an event with capacity for 100 people await the arrival of visitors, with a program that also includes lectures, book presentations and small format concerts.

Particular interest arouses among those who access to the enclosure a mural of Venetian pottery created by the Cuban plastic Enrique Carabia, where the green prevails with 89 of Marti's texts in letters laminated in 10-carat gold.

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