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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 $141
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, Havana
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 422 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in El Vedado, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine, Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center, and Napoleonic Museum. University of Havana and Antonio Maceo Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    NH Capri La Habana $150
    NH Capri La Habana

    NH Capri La Habana

    Calle 21 between N and O Street, Havana
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 113 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in El Vedado, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine, Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center, and Napoleonic Museum. University of Havana and Antonio Maceo Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Casa Mary Grace
      Casa Mary Grace

      Casa Mary Grace

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

        This guesthouse is located in Havana (Plaza de la Revolucion), near the airport, National Capitol Building, National Museum of Natural History, and Castillo del Morro Lighthouse. Area attractions also include National Aquarium.

        La Plaza
        La Plaza

        La Plaza

        Calle 4, No. 862, entre 33 y 35, Apto 17, Havana
           
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Necropolis de Colon, José Martí Memorial, and Revolution Square. John Lennon Park and Galerias de Paseo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          La d'Maso
          La d'Maso

          La d'Maso

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

            Situated in Havana, this hostal is within a 15-minute walk of Estadio Latinoamericano, José Martí Memorial, and Revolution Square. Napoleonic Museum and Necropolis de Colon are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Casa Ramiro's House
            Casa Ramiro's House

            Casa Ramiro's House

            Cocos #216, Havana
               
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Havana, this guesthouse is close to Estadio Latinoamericano, José Martí Memorial, and Revolution Square. Also nearby are Necropolis de Colon and Havana Zoo.

              Hostal MiraHabana $40
              Hostal MiraHabana

              Hostal MiraHabana

              Calle 2 No.561, La Habana
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this guesthouse is 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from National Museum of Natural History and 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from La Cabana.

                Hotel Bruzon $45
                Hotel Bruzon

                Hotel Bruzon

                Calle Bruzón No. 217, Havana
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Revolution Square and José Martí Memorial. University of Havana and Napoleonic Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).