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Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square Squares, Havana . Cuba

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  • Calle Paseo. Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana City. Cuba
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The area was originally called Civic Square, in the 1950s. During the past 40 years, it has been the scene of the largest demonstrations of the Cuban people and a permanent site for defending revolutionary principles, sovereignty and independence. José Martí National Library, the Ministry of the Interior (whose facade bears a representation of the face of Che Guevara), the Palace of the Revolution (headquarters of the Council of State, the Council of Ministers and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba) and the National Theater of Cuba face on the square.

Mapa de Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square

Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square is located in Havana

Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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Excellent Vale

Plaza de la Revolucion
The Plaza is one of the world's largest city squares, measuring 72000 square meters. The square is notable as being where many political rallies take place and Fidel Castro and other political figures address Cubans. Fidel Castro has addressed more than a million Cubans on many important occasions, such as 1 May and 26 July each year. The square is dominated by the which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall tower and an 18 m (59 ft) statue. The National Library, many government ministries, and other buildings are located in and around the the Plaza. Located behind the memorial are the closely guarded offices of President Fidel Castro. Opposite the memorial on the far side of the square is the famous Che Guevara image with the slogan 'Hasta la Victoria Siempre' (Forever Onwards Towards Victory) that identifies the Ministry of the Interior Construction of the square and the monument commenced during the Presidency of Fulgencio Batista. The square and the memorial were completed in 1959 (the year Fidel Castro came to power). It was originally called Plaza Cívica (Civic Square). After the Cuban Revolution (1959), it was renamed "Plaza de la Revolución" or "Revolution Square." An elevator allows access the top of the memorial, the tallest building in the city.

Excellent lorena E

Most Famous
The Plaza de la Revolución is probably Havana's most famous square. This is where Fidel Castro used to address crowds during his hours-long speeches and tirades against the US and the West. This is also a major venue for any sort of official event that brings together large numbers of Cubans (like Montcada Day). If you go when there's nothing going on, the square can feel quite empty - that just gives you an idea of how many people pack into this place during official events. The Square

Average BLOGAN1984

“Drab Soviet-style space ”
We came here as part of a tour. Worth a look, but don't expect much. For a significant space it felt very drab. Some shopping mall car parks have a more impressive feel. The Revolution Square in Santiago de Cuba outshone this for sure. Mind you the buildings around the square with Che and Castro are worth a look and... More 

Average psdunner

“Obligatory stop ”
Most groups stop here on the way from the airport. It is your nod to the Revolution. Although pre-revolutionary, it resembles more the Soviet style plazas and Mach grounds-not too dissimilar in feel to Kim Il Sung Square inPyongyang.

Average Vrot

“Not necessary place to visit ”
huge place surrounded by ugly buildings. Not really necessary place to visit in Havanna. It's the place where the big mass demonstrations take place ? in older times marches in front of Fidel Castro and with Fidel's unforgettable 4-hour speeches

Average famper

“Needs to be Done ”
2 reasons to go early 1. Avoids the crowds and you can get a decent photo with no one in the background 2. The sun is in the correct position so you do not get any weird shadows on Che

Very good SnowWhite1958

“Worthwhile to See ”
I visited in November 2014 as part of a tour seeing Havana and local sights. The square is large, and a great spot to stop and take pictures. The buildings around the square with pictures of Che and Castro definitely worth seeing.

Very good Cuba C

“An Iconic site that is worth the time. ”
The is very impressive and iconic site. The square is quite large, not many cars, mostly bus loads of tourists. Great spot to take pictures.

Very good stevejc

“Atmosphere is terrific ”
Standing in the square and looking around at the Government buildings you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck start to stand up. You can just imagine the crowds here in bygone days screaming and cheering. Still have speakers up for parades now.

Very good yorksboy127

“Worth a visit ”
Great photo opportunity from the square, not very busy as traffic is limited. Advise to get classic car taxi tour as this will be included in your trip.

Very good fly0nthewall

“Revolution Square ”
If visiting this site, please bring a tour guide to tell you about it or do some research beforehand. To the naked eye it looks like a rather large parking lot in the middle of nothing; but, on closer look and armed with a bit of knowledge this place is so much more. This is a very important space in... More 

Very good babe33

“Revolution square a ''must'' to learn about the history ”
History about the past was explained by our local guide. So interesting to hear about and put into perspective things we have heard about Cuba in our own country...see the large imposing outlines of Jose Marti and Che Guevara on high rise buildings...learn about their involvement in past history...Was quiet when we visited, but one can reflect on life events... More 

Very good Rolando T

“Revolution Square, Havana, Cuba ”
?Revolution Square? is a must for those who visit Havana for the first time. Being the political heart of the country there is the main monument to the Cuban national hero, Jose Marti. 139 m above sea level is the highest point in Havana. We can also see there the most famous copy of the most famous photo in Photography... More 

Very good Lulu1944

“Revolution Square, Cuba ”
Great architecture all throughout Cuba. Canada should preserve our old buildings like this. Even bullet holes show in places from Revolution. Taxis lined up in square were fantastic . Old cars redone and looking good. Never saw so many in one place even Show and Shine cars we have here. We rode in 57 Chevy Convertible from Varadero to Hotel... More 

Excellent Kike_el_Gallo

“Just Revolution! ”
The best of the revolutions center is the history about this. You can imagine to Fidel talking in front of a lot of cubans people. The energy of the Habana city is really exiting.

Excellent Colors68

“The most important political center in Cuba ”
Built in 1950´s by Batista´s son it is the most important political place in Havana and Cuba and Castro´s favorite place to deliver his 6 and 7 hour long speeches, specially at the beginning of the Revolution. Lots of important government ministries surround the square. It is an obligatory stop if you are visiting Havana.

Excellent Nancy O

“Amazing Plaza with memorial to Marti ”
This was our first stop in Havana to view the buildings - one with Che on it and the other Fidel. But the most amazing part was all the old cars - used as taxi's. I worked for General Motors so I was thrilled to see all the old Buicks and Chevrolets. A nice surprise on our last night was... More 

Excellent Daz1878

“Iconic site ”
This is the place that all Socialistas need to visit, get yourself in taxi and get to the Square where you can view the vast iron silhouettes of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos as well as the monument to Jose Marti where Fidel Castro gave some of his most famous speeches. The view for the top of Marti's monument is... More 

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