During your time in Havana, be sure to stop by the Statue of José Martí. This memorial is dedicated to national hero José Martí, a poet, journalist and fighter for Cuba’s independence from Spain. He died in combat in 1895 during a battle against Spanish forces.
Find the statue in the middle of Havana's Central Park, a large central public square. The white marble monument was unveiled in 1905, the first of many statues in Cuba to be erected in his honor. It is encircled by 28 palms trees, which signify his January 28 birthdate.
Devote a few moments to studying the monument, which features a carved figure of the revolutionary giving a speech. Immediately below this carving is the coat of arms of the Republic of Cuba. Underneath this are symbolic figures of Liberation Army soldiers. Nearby are eight stones dedicated to the eight innocent medical students who were executed by firing squad in 1871 during the Ten Years' War.
Then do what many people come to the park for, which is to stroll along its paths and relax on a bench under the shade of a tree. This is a good spot to practice your Spanish by striking up a conversation with the local residents who congregate here. You may also come across book fairs and art and photographic exhibitions, which are occasionally held here.
Located in the downtown area, the park is easy to get to by taxi and public transportation. After your visit, plan to spend more time in the area. In addition to the many bars and restaurants, this attractive public space is surrounded by several grandiose buildings, including the National Capitol Building and the National Museum of Fine Art with its collection of Cuban art.
The Statue of José Martí and Central Park are on the Paseo de Martí, a long and wide boulevard that is more than 200 years old. Walk along its length, pausing to admire the bronze lion statues and magnificent buildings.
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Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de Marti and Malecon. Plaza Vieja is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.