José Martí Memorial: the highest spot in the city

Located at the heart of the Revolution Square, in the Vedado area, in the Cuban capital.

This group of monuments whose construction started in 1953 and ended in 1958, is formed by the base, the statue and six columns, the tower as lookout, the tribune, fountains, open spaces and plants.

The statue of the Apostle of Cuba's Independence sizes 18 meters height from the base, and the whole work was handmade. Six columns, spread semicircles like and in front of the pedestal rise as symbol of the existing provinces at that time. Civic motives are carved in it.

The carving works began in 1956 and ended in 1958. The marble used was brought from Isla de pinos, nowadays Island of Youth. The tower is 109 meters height. A lookout was placed at the top (139 meters above sea level, highest spot in the City of Havana) with a Venetian ceramic mural in its walls.

On the floor one can read about the different distances from the city to several cities of the world.

The concrete tribune overlaid in marble, shows a set of plant pots decorating its construction.

The base of the monument has the shape of a star with another one in the middle and a Venetian mosaic of artist Enrique Caravia with 91 texts, out of which 89 are thoughts from the work of such relevant Cuban.

Halls 1 and 2 are completely dedicated to José Martí's life and work, with lots of photographic and written material, as well as some of his personal belongings. Hall 3 shows the history of the square and the most important facts that took place in it, relative to the forthcoming Cuban Revolution.

Hall 4 is used for different expositions which are renewed approximately every three months. There is also a multipurpose hall where lectures, seminars, workshops and small format concerts are conducted, taking in 100 persons.

Open from Monday through Saturday, 09:00 – 17:00 and Sundays from 10:00 – 14:00
Entrance to the base: $ 2.00 CUC
Visit to the tower: $ 3.00 CUC
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