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Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón Review

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).

    Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Zapata y Calle 12, Vedado, Havana | Map It
  • Phone: 7/834–6528
  • Cost: 4 cuc
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 8–noon
  • Location: Vedado, Miramar, and Beyond
Updated: 02-21-2013

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