José Martí Memorial, Havana

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Admire the bold design and interesting story behind José Martí Memorial, a monument built in dedication to one of Cuba's national heroes. A leader in Cuban revolutionary thought during the 19th century, Marti is remembered by the tower made of grey Cuban marble, in the shape of a five-pointed star, which reaches a height of 109 m (358 ft). At the foot of the tower, a statue of Marti looks out onto the ceremonial square. Take the elevator up the column to gain extensive views of the capital, and pay a visit to the museum on the ground floor. Learn how the story of the tower's construction links with the Cuban Revolution, and how President Batista supported the project.He displaced people who lived on the site, and their cause came to be championed by Fidel Castro. Be mindful of scammers operating in the area around the tower, pretending to be members of staff and soliciting payment. To visit José Martí Memorial on your trip to Havana, use our Havana route builder tool.
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  • Jose Marti is one of the great Cuban patriots and nationalists – he was originally a poet, but in the last couple of decades of the 19th century became fully engaged in revolutionary movements in...  more »
  • Marti is considered a Cuban national hero due to his involvement in the fight for independence from Spain. Fidel Castro used to hold his long drawn-out rally-speeches here. Plaza de la Revolution.....  more »
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  • The vast Plaza de la Revolucion is surrounded by grey administrative buildings that today house some of the most important off6of Cuba's vast governmental bureaucracy. The square is dominated to the north by the Jose Marti Memorial. A tall tower built from gray granite stones stands in front of the Palace of Revolution, the seat of the Cuban Government. The Natuonal Library, Cuba's largest, and several other important government buildings are also located in the vicinity.
  • It's a must on your Cuba bucket list. It's across from Revolution Plaza. If you take the elevator up the tower you have amazing views of Havana.

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