José Martí Memorial

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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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Hostal MiraHabana
Hostal MiraHabana
2.5 out of 5
Calle Segunda Numero 561, Entre Ayestaran y Ayuntamiento, Havana, La Habana
The price is $35 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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.
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La Reserva Vedado
La Reserva Vedado
4 out of 5
Calle 2 No. 508 e/21 y 23 Vedado, Havana
The price is $228 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in El Vedado, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from John Lennon Park and 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Malecón. Avenida de Los Presidentes and Colon Cemetery ...
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Hostal Colonial Casa de Luca
Hostal Colonial Casa de Luca
3.5 out of 5
Calle 4, No. 510, Between 21 and 23, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana, La Habana
The price is $38 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in El Vedado, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of José Martí Memorial and Cuban Art Factory. National Capitol Building and Plaza Vieja are also within ...
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Best Lodging Options Near José Martí Memorial

Hostal MiraHabana
Hostal MiraHabana
2.5 out of 5
Calle Segunda Numero 561, Entre Ayestaran y Ayuntamiento, Havana, La Habana
The price is $35 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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La Reserva Vedado
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4 out of 5
Calle 2 No. 508 e/21 y 23 Vedado, Havana
The price is $228 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Hostal Colonial Casa de Luca
Hostal Colonial Casa de Luca
3.5 out of 5
Calle 4, No. 510, Between 21 and 23, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana, La Habana
The price is $38 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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El Candil Boutique Hotel
El Candil Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Calle 2 No 457 e/19 y 21, Vedado, Havana
The price is $150 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Paseo 206 Boutique Hotel
Paseo 206 Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Avenida Paseo 206, Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana
The price is $249 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Casa Vera Plaza de la Revolucion
Casa Vera Plaza de la Revolucion
2.5 out of 5
Avenida 26 #1013, e/ 32 y 47, Havana, La Habana
The price is $56 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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Casa Plaza
Casa Plaza
3 out of 5
Calle 39. No 30, apto 1, Entre Paseo y 2, Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana, Havana
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Residencia Albero Dulce
Residencia Albero Dulce
3.5 out of 5
Calle Marta Abreu 214, Entre Av 20 de Mayo y Enrique Villuendas, Havana
The price is $50 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Algadadiva
Algadadiva
3 out of 5
Calle 39, # 150 Entre 4 y 6, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Havana
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