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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. Before you head to Havana, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Havana holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Havana has to offer, including José Martí Memorial.
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  • I was several times and never let me surprise the monumentality of the monument! Now already operate the elevator and you can climb quickly to the top of the same where you see beautiful views of the city in its 4 cardinal points!
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  • It is located in the plaza of the revolution this impressive monument to his literary hero José Marti, who presides over the images of Che Geva and Cienfegos.
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  • Considered and revered by Cubans as the person who made their eventual "freedom" possible, the monument to Jose Marti has pride of place in Revolution Square. It is a fitting symbol of their struggle ...  more »
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  • I've been here a couple of times, sadly it was closed on my most recent visit. The memorial has a museum on the ground floor and offers great views from the top of the tower. One image that is worth seeing is of Fidel Castro speaking to a crowd of one million people in the Plaza de la Revolución from the stairs out front.
  • Jose Marti Memorial is tower in a star-shaped plan, which is the tallest structure in Cuba. The ground floor is an exhibition hall about Jose Marti. However, due to the damage of elevator, it is not allowed to go up to the viewing terrace at the top floor of structure...where you suppose can have a panoramic view over the city.
  • Plaza de la Revolución is a pretty barren spot used chiefly for national parades and demonstrations. It's dominating feature is the José Martí memorial, a rather ugly (IMHO) stone clad concrete tower, that formed the centre piece of a massive urban development of the district which was completed in the 1950's. José Martí, who's effigy can been outside every school in the country, is a national hero who, though not a soldier, was killed during the War of Independence against Spain in 1895. On the ground floor of the tower are displays relating to the life of Martí and the planning and development of the plaza and tower. You can ascent to the upper levels of the tower via a lift to get rather truncated views of the city (due to the narrow windows) and a close up look at the vultures that hover and perch at those heights. Worth a visit if in the area.
  • The 109m tower, designed by a team of architects led by Raoul Otero de Galarraga, is in the form of a five-pointed star
  • For a short visit. Be aware of the hear, prepare some water and think about umbrella :-)