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José Martí Memorial

Honoring one of Cuba’s heroes of literature and politics, this monument towers over the Plaza de la Revolucion in the heart of Havana.

José Martí Memorial is comprised of a white statue of the national hero seated in front of a tall tower with a lookout over Havana. Gaze up at Martí, who sits in a thinking pose appropriate for his role as philosopher, poet and essayist. His writings were influential in supporting Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain in the late 1800s. He gave his life on the battlefield in 1895 before the ultimate goal was reached. 

Resting on a raised pedestal, the white marble sculpture of Martí is 56 feet (17 meters) tall. Just behind it a tower rises 358 feet (109 meters), built with a five-pointed star shape representing the vertices of freedom. The original plans calling for Martí’s image to rest at the top of the structure were modified when the building was constructed between 1953 and 1958, just before the overthrow of Batista. Climb a few steps to the base of the tower to enter a small museum. Read the 89 quotes from Martí’s writing to understand how his passionate writing inspired the yearning for freedom of Cuba’s citizens living under colonial rule. View portraits and relics from his life.

Drive through the area in the evening to see larger-than-life metal sculptures illuminated against the walls of two buildings near the plaza. The silhouette images of Cuban Revolution heroes, Che Guevara on the Ministry of the Interior and Camilo Cienfuegos on the Ministry of Communications, appear to be looking outward in fraternity with José Martí, their fellow patriot from an earlier era.

View the statue of the Cuban hero in Plaza de la Revolucion at any time. Up to 1 million people have gathered in the large open square for special events, including speeches by Fidel Castro and a visit by the Pope. The José Martí Memorial tower is open during the day from Monday through Saturday. There is a fee to access the museum and a separate fee to use an elevator to the lookout. From the top, gaze toward Key West, Florida, 105 miles (169 kilometers) away, in the past a beacon to refugees fleeing Cuba. Check before your visit, however, to ensure the tower is open as it may be closed for renovations.


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Hotel Nacional de Cuba $156
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, Havana
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 811 reviews
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    Located in El Vedado, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Malecon and University of Havana. Great Theatre of Havana and Museum of the Revolution are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Algadadiva
    Algadadiva

    Algadadiva

    Calle 39, # 150 Entre 4 y 6, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Havana
       
      0.0 out of 5.0

      This guesthouse is located in Havana (Plaza de la Revolucion), close to José Martí Memorial, Malecon, and Revolution Square. Also nearby are Colon Cemetery and John Lennon Park.

      Casa Mary Grace $32
      Casa Mary Grace

      Casa Mary Grace

      Calzada de Ayestaran No. 305, Havana, Havana
         
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.3 km) from National Capitol Building and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from National Museum of Natural History. Castillo del Morro Lighthouse and National Aquarium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Casa Renta Habana
        Casa Renta Habana

        Casa Renta Habana

        Calle Saldo #6 entre Línea y Pereira, Havana, Havana
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          This guesthouse is located in Havana (Municipality of Cerro), close to Revolution Square, Malecon, and José Martí Memorial. Also nearby are Estadio Latinoamericano and University of Havana.

          La Plaza
          La Plaza

          La Plaza

          Calle 4, No. 862, entre 33 y 35, Apto 17, Municipio Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Havana
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Necropolis de Colon and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Malecon. Revolution Square and José Martí Memorial are also within 10 minutes.

            La d'Maso
            La d'Maso

            La d'Maso

            Maso 343 Apto 1 e/ General Suarez, y General Aguirre, Havana
               
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Municipality of Cerro, this hostal is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Estadio Latinoamericano and within 3 mi (5 km) of Malecon and Plaza Vieja. José Martí Memorial and Revolution Square are also within 15 minutes.

              Casa Ramiro's House $40
              Casa Ramiro's House

              Casa Ramiro's House

              Cocos #216, Havana, Havana
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Municipality of Cerro, this guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Estadio Latinoamericano and within 3 mi (5 km) of Malecon and Plaza Vieja. Revolution Square and José Martí Memorial are also within 15 minutes.

                Hostal MiraHabana $40
                Hostal MiraHabana

                Hostal MiraHabana

                Calle 2 No.561, e/ Ayestaran y Ayuntamiento, Havana, La Habana
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plaza de Armas, National Museum of Natural History, and Fort of Saint Charles.