Havana - Castro & Che

Thu 12 Jan 2012 02:57

A stop at Revolution Square was one of the most notable, during our sight-seeing double decker bus tour of Havana. The square was used to hold political rallies, at which Fidel Castro formerly addressed the crowd. Construction of the square and the José Martí monument commenced during the Presidency of Batista and both were completed in 1959 (the year Fidel Castro came to power).

The square is dominated by the Jose Marti Memorial constructed in 1959,  which features a 109 m tall tower and an 18 m statue of Jose Marti -a Cuban national hero who dedicated his short life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba; his death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain.


Jose Marti Memorial located in Revolution Square


Jose Marti monument and 109m tall tower

On the northern side of the square the Ministry of the Interior bears a vast outline rendering the famous portrait of Che Guevara, complete with the revolutionary slogan "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (Ever Onwards to Victory).

Cuban Flag with pictures of Fidel and Castro
Revolution Square
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Images of Fidel and Castro  
Just liked these unique Cuban emblems
Typical revolutionary banners still seen around Havana