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Havana Sights

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Updated 02/21/2013

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The Christopher Columbus Cemetery sprawls behind a huge ceremonial arch and is a repository for a great deal more than just the deceased. Founded in 1868 by Bishop Espada, it's a veritable pantheon of monuments commemorating poets, novelists, musicians, soldiers, statesmen, and rank-and-file citizens. Cuban novelist Cirilo Villaverde and Cervantes-laureate Alejo Carpentier are here, as are the martyrs of the Granma yacht landing and the students killed in the 1957

assault on the Palacio Presidencial. This is also a place full of extraordinary legends, some of them macabre. You can learn all about them on a guided tour (highly recommended; you can arrange for one in English for a small fee at the hut just inside the grounds to the right). Be sure to ask about the story of La Milagrosa (The Miraculous).

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Sight Information

Address:

Calle Zapata y Calle 12, Havana, Cuba

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Phone:

7-834–6528

Sight Details:

  • 4 cuc
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 8–noon

Updated 02/21/2013

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