Eastern Cuba Sights

Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

  • Av. Crombet, Reparto Santa Ifigenia Map It
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Cemetery
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/26/2015

Fodor's Review

This well-kept cemetery is home to the majestic mausoleum of the great poet-patriot in the wars of independence, José Martí. The structure is true to Martí's wishes (expressed in one of his poems) that he be buried below the flag of Cuba and surrounded by roses. Marble steps lead to the tomb, above which is a domed tower. An honor guard keeps watch over Martí's tomb 24 hours a day and changes guard every 30 minutes in an eye-catching, goose-stepping ceremony. Other highlights include a memorial to Cuban soldiers who have fallen in battle–-many of the partisans who fought in Angola, in southern Africa, are buried here–-and the tombs of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and those who died in the Moncada Barracks attack. While admission is technically free, you may enter only in the accompaniment of a guide, for which you must pay. You'll also be charged a hefty photo fee, whether taking stills or videos. The changing-of-the-guard ceremony is impressive enough that most visitors pony up and pay the photo fee.

Sight Information


Av. Crombet, Reparto Santa Ifigenia, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, 90100, Cuba

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Sight Details:

  • Free (but only with guide); guide, CUC$1; photo permit, CUC$10
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 08/26/2015


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