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Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon)

Calle Zapata y Calle 12, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #10 of 106 Attractions in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This cemetery is a must for history buffs and for people who enjoy art and architecture. Some of the tombs are impressive, and you can learn a lot about the city from seeing who is buried there. A guided tour will probably help you understand more what you're seeing, but it's also pleasant to stroll around on your own. Very... More

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Potomac,MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Really neat cemetery, most interesting outside Buenos Aires even without the Perons graves. Look for the grave of Ferrer from the Buena Vista Social club.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you think the cemetery in Buenos Aires is amazing, come to this place. It is beautiful and peaceful. It is well maintained and the best I have seen worldwide. There is a beautiful monument to the firefighters who were killed because they walked into a building that had explosives and they did not know it. Each part of the... More

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the guide's description of the history and the architecture of the third largest cemetery in the world. His dramatic explanations made everything more interesting

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Awesome cemetery, but all the security guards will try to give you a tour for a tip, because they are so poor. You have to rebuff their offers nicely but firmly to get them to leave you alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This was a really beautiful, unique cemetery, but it is also massive (5km to walk around it). Therefore, you need to walk round with a guide (there are plenty in the cemetery itself) who can highlight the areas of interest, and can give interesting stories and facts about some of its history. Some of the guides only speak Spanish though,... More

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Essex UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I don't suppose everyone would like to take in this cemetery as part of their holiday but it was the highlight of my havana trip. It was a. red hot day so the tour I requested from the caretaker of the cemetery was cut short. He was very knowledgable and explained everything in perfect English.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I am not a normal Cemetery goer, though this one is quite amazing. Beautiful Marble statues, lovely grounds and a few special sites to visit One being a grave that women do offerings to so they will become pregnant. I got to watch one woman do this. This is a stop when you take the horse and carriage tour. Well... More

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Do not miss this place , and make sure you have a guide. Will make the experience so much more special. Everyone who was anyone in Havana has been buried here. Including, Ernest Hemingway's favorite bartender. They calculate over 2.5 million people are buried here, due to the internment procedures. The local guides have incredible stories about many of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Is it amazing how pristine this place is. Beside aesthetic pleasures, the history and stories this place hold is overwhelming. Do get a guide as they can tell you some amazing stories. A must when visiting Havana.

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