The development of tourism in Cuba attracts people interested in the monumental works seen in many of its cemeteries, which they can now visit thanks to guided tours that unveil the secrets of their graveyards.
Two of the cemeteries featured in the capital are the Cristóbal Colón Cemetery and the Chinese Cemetery, as well as the Tomás Acea and Reina Cemeteries in the central province of Cienfuegos and the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.
The Colón and Santa Ifigenia Cemeteries are the most visited by tourists from Germany, France and Spain.
In 2009 alone, some 20,000 foreign tourists toured the Colón Cemetery, a place rich in history and noteworthy for its number of sculptures and constructive works.
Located in the El Vedado neighborhood, this cemetery stands out among the 21 that exist in Havana, being considered the most important in Cuba and one of the largest in the world.
The history of this cemetery dates back to 1854, when the governor, the Marquis of Pezuela, suggested the construction of a new cemetery because of the lack of space at the former Espada Cemetery.
The construction was approved by Royal Decree on July 28, 1866. The works began on October 30, 1871 and were completed 15 years later, on July 2, 1886.
The Colón Cemetery features an impressive arch at the main entrance with a sculpture on top made of Carrara marble, measuring 34 meters wide and 21.55 meters high.
The Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where the remains of Cuban National Hero José Martí are kept, is Cuba´s oldest cemetery and is a must-see place for tourists.
Located in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, this cemetery was inaugurated on April 28, 1868 and its original section holds the oldest tomb, which dates back to April 25, 1868 and belongs to the Navarro family.Share on FB Share on TT