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  • Day3

    Plaza de la Revolucion (VEDADO)

    December 29, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Plaza de la Revolucion features massive tributes to Cuban revolutionary heroes Fidel Castro, Jose Marti, and Che Guevara. After the Cuban Revolution (1959), it was renamed "Plaza de la Revolución" or "Revolution Square."

    The square is dominated by the José Martí Memorial, which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall tower and an 18 m (59 ft) statue.

    Located behind the memorial is the Palace of the Revolution, the seat of the Cuban government and Communist Party.

    Opposite the memorial are the offices of the Ministries of the Interior and Communications, whose facades feature matching steel memorials of the two most important deceased heroes of the Cuban Revolution: Che Guevara, with the quotation "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always) and Camilo Cienfuegos (sometimes mistaken for Fidel Castro), with the quotation "Vas bien, Fidel" (You're doing fine, Fidel). It is also the site of several cultural institutions.

    The entire plaza is paved over and heavily monitored, making it one of the least inviting places I saw in Cuba.
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