Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon)

Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), Havana

Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon)
4.5
Historic Sites • Neighborhoods • Cemeteries
About
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

4.5
2,067 reviews
Excellent
1,149
Very good
644
Average
212
Poor
48
Terrible
14

MPWEST10
Mandurah, Australia624 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a beautiful cemetery..established in 1876. It's built around a central chapel and laid out in a grid pattern. It's huge, 150 acres. The occupants of te cemented are placed according to their rank and social status, with wealthy and well to do in prominently positions and lowly individuals out in the burbs lol.

Worth a visit of an hour or two. A tour would be better.
Written June 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Guy LaRocque
Quebec City, Canada24 contributions
Mar 2020
My partner and I were fortunate enough that chose a day to visit when the weather was hot but not blistering. I would recommend to go either early in the morning/day or at time where the temperatures are not too high due to the fact there are not many shaded areas. We spent most of the day walking around this large a 136-acre cemetery, which really feels like an open-air museum that showcases Cuban history and architecture. We purchased a map at the cemetery entrance, which was at very little cost and really helped in finding our way around. We returned the map afterwards. I'm not sure if that was the policy but we figured we didn't need a souvenir and it would save on costs for them. From what I've heard there are guides present that you can request to give you a guided tour, if that's something you prefer.

What I enjoyed most was the ambiance. Though I stood in Latin America's largest graveyard and the world's second largest, there was nothing eerie or somber about it. You can randomly choose to walk in any direction and find yourself among crypts, mausoleums, chapels vaults, and sculptures - over 500 mausoleums and 56 thousand tombs to be exact! The one sculpture that really caught my attention was the Firefighters Monument. with commemorates the 25 firefighters who lost their lives during a fire in 1890.

The Colón Cemetery, named in honor of Christopher Columbus, was designed by Spanish architect Calixto de Loira during the 1870's. He is also the first person to be interred here, sadly before he could finish the project. Among the other restin here: famous artists, politicians, revolutionaries, musicians.

You will not be disappointed if you allow some time to casually stroll around and experience this resting place of many important Cubans. I would visit it again in the future without a doubt!

Upon leaving I commented to my partner how it would be difficult for another cemetery to impress me as much as this one. The bar was high. I have not yet visited many around the world yet but must say that anyone visiting Havana MUST take the time to visit this important historical and cultural 'landmark'.

Though I am a travel professional I have no association with this location. What I've shared here is my personal observations and opinions.
Written May 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bucket Lister
Beverly, MA214 contributions
Mar 2020
Really enjoyed exploring this cemetery. I was lucky enough to be in the chapel while a funeral was in process.
Written March 21, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

lexi3
136 contributions
Apr 2019
Not a whole lot to see. Most there not significant to Americans. Columbus is interred in the Cathedral in Seville Spain, it here.
Written March 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jack S
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
Feb 2020
A group of 40 people was picked up at various hotels in Varadero and drove to Havana. At 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon we visited the Christopher Columbus Cemetery. I haven't seen any cemetery like this ever. It is unbelievable beautiful, every tomb has statues and marble stones. We spend 1:00 hour and we only saw only 2% of the cemetery, it will take several hours to see the whole cemetery. I very much recommend this visit.
Written March 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ParadiseMe2U
Bogota, Colombia40 contributions
Jan 2020
Best having a tour guide to show you around, some of the gravestones have houses built over them, find out why you will be surprised, 1-2 hours max needed.
Written January 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Dec 2019
This is an amazing graveyard! I have visited several in Cuba, but this one is huge. You have to pay 5 eur, but you get a nice map, depicting all the graves. Allow yourself some time. A taxi from the center will cost you between 8-10 eur.
Written January 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tj's Travels
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
Jan 2020
Reminded me of Recoletta in Buenos Aires. Not as opulent, but very cool, and as I mentioned - massive!
Written January 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jeff m
San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico96 contributions
Nov 2019
The cemetary was recommended to us for a visit in Havana. The graves are "above ground" similar to New Orleans. Quite old and some nice sculpture and craftwork. We were surprised at the number of graves with the top stone moved and contents empty! Apparently some families do not pay for the rent, and/or some bones are recovered for local rituals
Written December 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Janell S
72 contributions
Oct 2019
We traveled to Havana specifically to reunite my grandmother (she died in 1978) with her ancestors in the Colon Cemetery. The office clerk and workers together with our host found the ancestral tomb and pulled the slab so that we could pour her ashes in! We were amazed to accomplish this long awaited family desire.
Written November 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,072
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon)

Hotels near Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon): View all hotels near Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon) on Tripadvisor

Restaurants near Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon): View all restaurants near Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon) on Tripadvisor