Museum of Revolution Interesting Places, Havana . Cuba
- Calle Refugio No. 1 e/ Zulueta y Monserrate, Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Telephone: (537) 8622463
It is located in a colorful building of a large dome and a mixture of styles which was official residence of the presidents of the Republic from 1920 to 1960.
The building stands as the Museum of the National Emancipation. A detailed panorama of the struggle undertaken by the Cuban people in order to obtain its freedom is available in its 38 rooms.
It has numerous exhibitions of abundant testimonial material, composed by photographs, original documents, miniature sites representation, weapons and objects that belonged to the combatants for the independence, audio and video recordings and cinematographic material.
The Presidential Office stands out as one of its most relevant parts, having an original decoration and furniture dating from 40´s, in the last century; the Salón de los Espejos (Mirrors Room), the most appealing and important in the museum, an imitation of the homonymous hall in the Palace of Versailles, Paris; the Northern Balcony, used in times of the republic by some of the presidents as tribune to expose their "political programs".
In several occasions, after 1959, the Palace received the most important leaders of the Revolution: Fidel and Raúl Castro, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, the latter gave his last public speech two days prior to his physical disappearing. The Revolutionary National Militia, (October 26th, 1959) and the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, (September 28th, 1960) were created from this very balcony.
Outside the building is the Granma Yacht Memorial, an exhibition, protected by a huge glass case. The vessel was used by Fidel Castro and over 80 combatants on their trip to return to Cuba from the exile in Mexico.
The disembark took place on December 2nd, 1957, in a place of the south west Cuban cost. The event represents the beginning of the last period of the war of independence in the Sierra Maestra and the later triumph on January
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Museum of Revolution 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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