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Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon)

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Address: Calle Zapata y Calle 12, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: 7/832-1050

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Fascinating cemetery with a special "please touch me" sculpture

Loved the Madonna and child, which is constantly being caressed by visitors hoping for favors. The marble is causally dis colored around the child's little bottom as a result of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Jenkintown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Loved the Madonna and child, which is constantly being caressed by visitors hoping for favors. The marble is causally dis colored around the child's little bottom as a result of all the hands that have stroked it over the years. Some of the monuments are really spectacular and it's interesting to note that the cemetery is in use even today,... More 

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Trinidad and Tobago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very well kept and quiet from the busy city . Very nice tombs and history ..A must visit for anyone who likes old cemeteries

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Vast but cramped cemetary, quite cool to see - very very old. It's walled all the way around, but if you're on a top deck bus you'll see most of it!

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Malibu, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

$5 charge and well worth it. Chris Columbus is Not buried here! Way cool cemetery that creates good observations and conversations Large and ornate mausoleums to simple burial plots. Some new and some stones broken and so aged that names and dates are unreadable. It's good to see the simple and ornate tombstones as well as the awesome crypts. It's... More 

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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is a huge cemetery covering an enormous area with many spectacular tombs. You can drive in and drive around taking note of the one way systems. There is one tomb La Milagrosa which is much visited by pregnant ladies, hoping for an easy birth and who walk backwards as they must not turn their back to the tomb. You... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Certainly a must see, with different memorials to either military personnel from the révolutions to others, firemen that lost their lives in disasters and so on, 5 square kilometers and over 2 million ''residents''. The richness of the materials and the quality of art used here such as Italian marble and granite. Worth the time.

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We had a great guide who told us everything about this huge and historic cemetery, and when I got back to the U.S. I watched "Our Man in Havana," with Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara and Ernie Kovacs attending the funeral of the German character that Burl Ives' portrayed, at this very cemetery.

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This was an interesting place but the best part was our docent. He was very, very animated and provided a great juxtaposition to the idea of being in a cemetery.

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Ashland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

While not a cemetery buff, myself, this one is quite worth visiting. We had the benefit of a excellent guide who shared many of the stories of who's who & what's what (like the requisite tallest monument to the firefighters who lost their lives). Make a wish at Emelia's memorial, it just might come true....

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The cemetery is impressive and should by visited with a 1-11/2 hour tour by a private docent. The backstories of the important figures, unusual headstones and traditions of the burial reites are not to be figured out alone or with a guide book - get a real live docent to liven up this otherwise somber experience.

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Address: Address: Calle Zapata y Calle 12, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: 7/832-1050
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana

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