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“The Cuban Ellis island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL (Downtown)
305-577-8544
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Ranked #73 of 277 things to do in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Miami, Florida
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“The Cuban Ellis island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Free to just look at it from outside. Understand that this "was" the Cuban Ellis island for the first exiles.
It was also the location for the wake of singer Celia Cruz. Over 70,000 people lined the block to pay their respects. People pass this place everyday and have no clue.

Visited November 2013
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Miami, Florida, USA
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“Don't Forget Freedom Tower”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Ellis Island of the South. Where Cuban immigrants were processed and fed is now an art museum. There is much history in this place and MDC now uses it's location to promote local artists. However, the echoes of hope and need impregnates the walls. Shame it;s not a historical museum. Celia Cruz' wake and funeral hosted thousands of music lovers and celebrities from across the world.

Visited October 2013
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“nice to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Beautiful tower close to bayside, have been under construction for many years and now looks amazing, during the night also offer a great contrast with the rest of the edification,

Visited November 2013
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“Contrasting structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The beautiful building is located from a short walk distance from Bayside Marketplace and the American Airlines Arena, and a short drive from the Port of Miami.
Considered by many as the Ellis Island of the South, the Freedom Tower is one of Miami’s most beloved and famous historic sites. It was once the home of the Miami News then became the processing, documenting and assistance Center for Cuban refugees fleeing Castro’s communist regime in the early 1960’s. After the major emigration ended in 1972, the building was sold to private entrepreneurs and changed owners several times. It remained in private ownership until 2005, when a group of developers deeded the property to Miami Dade College after preservationists opposed the development of a high rise condominium on the historic site. Today it is used as a cultural and educational center featuring interesting exhibits and events.

The Freedom Tower has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1979 and a U.S. National Historic Landmark since 2008. Cuban salsa legend Celia Cruz funeral was held at the Freedom Tower with an unprecedented attendance.

Visited November 2013
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“A Beautiful Transformation into a Miami Landmark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

A Miami landmark,I have watched the tower change from an eyesore to a beautiful building in the last 25 years.Before the Arena was built across the street,the tower resembled a scary building from a horror movie with thousands of birds flying in and out of its top floors.It has now been refurbished to stand tall among MIAMI'S skyline,lit up with beautiful colors every night.It is truly a sight to see.

Visited November 2013
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