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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  • Firstly, we were charged 6cuc each for the privilege of going around the cemetery, while it was interesting this was not helped by the fact that there was very little information about the cemetery or...  more »
  • Stopped hear on our cycle tour of Havana. Apparently it's the third biggest in the world. Pay to get in, probably wouldn't bother going if it was not on the cycle tour as cemeteries don't do it for me...  more »
  • You need to have a guide or maybe a guide book, because the stories and explanations they tell, bring everything to life. It was very beautiful with statures, vaults and mausoleums. 
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  • It is one of the most beautiful cemetery in the world. 'Necropolis' meant the city for dead people, with clear street pattern that you can easily locate the tombs. Local Cuban is free for entrance but visitors need to pay 5 CUC and please remember to take the map at the ticket office.
  • Come for the history, the culture, and the beauty. Stay for the quirky tour guide: "For purposes of not staying here forever, please use the sidewalk."
  • Majestuoso, digno y tranquilo.
  • i buried my pet fish here i dont even know how i made the swim from florida to cuba
  • This place is huge and has a lot of amazing mausoleums. I wish I'd get buried in something as nice as any of these.