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Christopher Columbus Cemetery Architecture, Havana . Cuba

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  • Zapata Calzada, esq. 12, Vedado. Havana City
  • Destination: Havana
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The Colon Cemetery is one of 21 existing cemetery in the city of Havana, Cuba. With its 57 hectares, is the largest cemetery in the country. It has a large number of works of sculpture and architecture, which is why many scholars place it as the third of global importance, preceded only by that of Staglieno in Genoa, Italy and the Montjuic in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Its entrance features a sculptural monument in your butt, Carrara marble, 34 meters long and 21.66 meters high. The set represents the theological virtues: faith, hope and charity. This cover is the work of Spanish architect Calixto Loire. The reliefs and sculptures in Carrara marble are the Cuban José Vilalta Saavedra. By shifting the giant Byzantine style front, two wide avenues, north-south called Christopher Columbus and Bishop of Sword and east to west Fray Jacinto, bookmark serve to divide the cemetery into four areas, called in its early barracks . Its structure is rectangular shaped Roman camp and comprises a grid of street blocks and lots.

True architectural monument of antiquity, the cemetery also has the honor of being the only American cemetery dedicated to Christopher Columbus, the great navigator who discovered the island and other major destinations in the Americas.


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Christopher Columbus Cemetery 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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Review about Architecture: Christopher Columbus Cemetery
Very good radmarc

“Very big ”
This cemetery is very special to Cubans and it shows.Very well preserved and is still being used today.

Very good james t

“Surprisingly good. ”
A large cemetery with some interesting tombs, you need a guide to show you the more interesting ones such as the pyramid and fireman's tomb. Most are blisteringly white in the sunshine. Not just for tapophiles!

Very good ochunmimadre

“fantastic place ”
This cemetery is a must for history buffs and for people who enjoy art and architecture. Some of the tombs are impressive, and you can learn a lot about the city from seeing who is buried there. A guided tour will probably help you understand more what you're seeing, but it's also pleasant to stroll around on your own. Very... More 

Very good psdunner

“Not Buenos Aires But.... ”
Really neat cemetery, most interesting outside Buenos Aires even without the Perons graves. Look for the grave of Ferrer from the Buena Vista Social club.

Very good pmneighbor

“Awesome cemetery ”
Awesome cemetery, but all the security guards will try to give you a tour for a tip, because they are so poor. You have to rebuff their offers nicely but firmly to get them to leave you alone.

Excellent BDsd

“Amazing ”
The architecture the has gone into many of the tombs and monuments is incredible. Well worth the visit.

Excellent Colors68

“A Museum Cemetery ”
The cemetery is considered the 3rd most beautiful cemetery in the world, the statues found in the graves are very artistic and the place is full of them. It is in the middle of the city and lots of tourists go there everyday.

Excellent Nancy O

“The Best! ”
If you think the cemetery in Buenos Aires is amazing, come to this place. It is beautiful and peaceful. It is well maintained and the best I have seen worldwide. There is a beautiful monument to the firefighters who were killed because they walked into a building that had explosives and they did not know it. Each part of the... More 

Excellent Mel G

“great architecture; impressive history; excellent guide ”
I enjoyed the guide's description of the history and the architecture of the third largest cemetery in the world. His dramatic explanations made everything more interesting

Excellent Wikumj

“Beautiful but massive, so make sure you have a guide! ”
This was a really beautiful, unique cemetery, but it is also massive (5km to walk around it). Therefore, you need to walk round with a guide (there are plenty in the cemetery itself) who can highlight the areas of interest, and can give interesting stories and facts about some of its history. Some of the guides only speak Spanish though,... More 

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