Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), Havana

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Explore Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), a historical and architectural gem of Havana still in use today. Built in 1876 on the site of an earlier graveyard that was too small for the city's needs, this cemetery was designed by a Galician architect who sadly became the first person buried in his own creation. Roam the rows of ornate mausoleums, elaborate tombs, and family vaults, or admire the vibrant main chapel. Take a guided tour to better navigate the massive cemetery and find graves of notable Cubans, such as chess champion Jose Raul Capablanca and singer Ibrahim Ferrer. With our international travel planner, Havana attractions like Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I may be one one of those with a bit of the weird as part of my personality but I thought this was a pretty good stop on a walking tour of Havana. These sites contain the real history of a city. If yo...  more »
  • Ok so this sounds weird but it was probably the coolest cemetery I have ever been to. They have this huge main gate that is just stunning architecturally speaking. Then when you go in you drive down t...  more »
  • This is a cemetery like you've never seen before. I highly recommend getting a tour guide to take your through as there was too much to take in. You could walk through, spend all day just glancing ove...  more »
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  • This cemetery is well worth a few hours tour. Local guides are available to tell stories of various tombs including one dedicated to firemen. Walk on your own as well. Quiet, tranquil and meditative.
  • Very interesting place to visit. It has a big history. Be prepared to walk and listen different stories.
  • Well kept up active cemetery. The church and surrounding gardens are beautiful!
  • Top ten cemetery in the world. Be sure to study the story of 'La Milagrosa' before you arrive so that you can participate.. You will be touched. And bring sunglasses because on a hot sunny day the white marble is blinding.
  • Big cemetery with great views and history, save some time to fully explore it and understand it