Inside "Colón Cemetery" you will find the biggest concentration of statues and funerary monuments in Cuba. This world famous cemetery, is located just at the city center, near to Revolution Square by Zapata Street.
Its opening was at 70th decade of XIX century, its architect was Calixto de Loira, he was one of the first bodies buried in this new cemetery at that time on September 29, 1872.
It's all fenced by a wide parietal wall, because of its location, it's one of the biggest anachronisms the visitor can find, although it's a better commentary for urbanity workers than for neighbors, who are grateful by its nearing because Cubans go to visit their dear dead many times a year.
It may be seen as a great sculptural museum outdoor which its imposing beauty can be see from its own main access of romantic style, been showed as an ending of the great size sculpture made by José Vilalta de Saavedra, in which he artist represented theologian virtues like Faith, Hope and Charity.
The cemetery is expanded around two main avenues at its joining point make a perfect cross. It's as by its luxury and its conception a small city of marbles, bronzes, angels and crosses, and as a diverse allegories who show the great imagination of the artists allowing to appreciate the dead's social class as the acknowledgment they deserved by the people. Something certainly truth is that those graves were almost always the result of the familiar collect or by another hand the popular tribute; like these are the cases like the built to Catalina Laza by her second husband Juan Pedro Baró; which keeps the nest of Gómez "Mena family; or that where were buried the rest of the Leonor Pérez's body, José Martí's mother, next to camera dedicated to Máximo Gómez, the great General who fought in both Cuban Independency Wars in XIX century. All these monuments are placed at Cristobal Colón avenue, the main one of this cementery going from the main door until the central chapel, which side walls were decorated by the Cuban painter, Miguel Melero.
Also there are interesting funerary monuments like the built for seven medicine students executed on November 27,1871, guilty of profaning the Spanish Don Gonzalo de Castañón's tomb, or that which was built by the Spanish sculptors Agustin Querol and Julio M. Zapata, raised in honor to the firefighters and neighbors victims in the great fire of Ãsasi" hardware store on May 17,1870.
Make a walk in this big block by any of its doors is like to travel back in time and meeting the starring of this cemetery history, their habits, culture and mark.
"Colón Cemetery" raises majestic few meters from the centric crossing of 23 and 12 streets, one of the most popular corners at Vedado. This place is a meeting between art and history and between us with them.