Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Santiago de Cuba

Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This cementery houses tombs for such historic notables as José Marti and Emilio Bacardi including graves from those who fought for revolution.
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Niel-Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, UK292 contributions
Impressive!
Feb 2020
Cuba certinly knows how to respect its folk heroes. The cemetery is beautifully maintained [not always the case in Cuba] and many important people were laid to rest there.
There is a changing of the guard every half hour and it is worth being there for that. If you arrive just as it's finishing, there's plenty to see while you wait for the next one.
We saw a few individuals approaching visitors and asking for money to be allowed to take photos, but no-one came to us, so we doubted their authenticity.
Written April 3, 2020
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Aleksandar S
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
A dignified place
Feb 2020
If you like history and respect revolutionaries of all colors - then don't miss this place.
Taxi will take you there, wait for you and get you back to center for 10 CUCs
Written March 21, 2020
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Betula103
Australia7,898 contributions
Immaculately Curated
Jan 2020
I was amazed how well the cemetery is maintained. We parked a short distance away and walked alongside the parkland opposite the cemetery. It was some time before we could cross the road because there was a rehearsal in progress for some ceremony which our guide said was to be held the next day. That was quite interesting because there was a brass band and military personnel. We then waited until after the changing of the guard before we went into the cemetery. We saw where Jose Marti and Castro are interred. Castro's is a large boulder just with the name 'Fidel'. Also of interest was the grave of Bicardi, founder of the rum distillery firm. There were several groups of school children visiting the cemetery.
Written March 5, 2020
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TybeePhil
Tybee Island, GA52 contributions
A resting place for Cuban heroes
Feb 2020
We went to visit the graves of Fidel Castro and Jose Marti. It was an extremely impressive site plus we toured the cemetery. It was the changing of the guards that was so very impressive. Every half hour the guards perform an intricate ceremony to honor Marti. Do not miss this event.
Written February 28, 2020
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Tahnee W
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
Such a cared for cemetery
Jan 2020
Amazing to see the memorials of such iconic people of the revolution and Cuban history. You must stay and watch the changing of the guard
Written February 11, 2020
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Marc L
Rockland, Canada30 contributions
Impressive monument for the heroes of Cuba.
Feb 2020 • Solo
This landmark is very well maintained and well organized. I was slightly upset at the fact the officials were asking 5 cuk to have the right to take pictures with your own equipment. Do not miss the change of the guard ceremony as it is impressive with dramatic music and march.
Written February 9, 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Important visit
Dec 2019
This is a nice graveyard, and one of the most important, nationwise, as a lot of national heroes are buried here. You do not have to pay to enter, and every 30 min, there is a change of guard for Fidel's grave. Interesting to see. Takes around 15 min.
Written January 20, 2020
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Norris A
Chicago, IL2,055 contributions
A moving experience
Jan 2019
We had hired Out of the Box tours to show us Santiago de Cuba for 8 hours and the first stop they made for us, after asking if we were interested as it was on our way out of town to the mountains and the wonderful Botanic Gardens there was this cemetery . We were interested as we knew Fidel's grave was there and we had watched Netflix films like "Cuba and the Cameraman" and "Cuba Libre" detailing Fidel and the Revolution .

Our tour guides knew there would be a changing of the Guards at the Jose Marti Mausoleum. That added some very moving music and pomp to our visit.
I was taking photos and changing lenses from my camera bag at my feet and would wander away from it to get better angles but the Police came over and told our guide I had to carry it on my shoulder. A black bag left unattended anywhere in the world now can cause suspicion and alarm so I understood that they weren't being officious.
Airports have been blown up....

We didn't have time to go into the cemetery to look for Compay Secundo's grave to pay our respects. We did however go close to see Fidel's "tomb" which is a giant boulder with his name etched on it. Simple and fitting.

It's a nice place to stop and stand quietly for a while, thinking of the dead who played big parts in their impoverished island's history. If you care nothing about Cuba, it's History and it's people then you would consider it a total waste of time. Not for us it wasn't!

We loved our tour and we loved everything about Cuba besides the poverty. All the Cubans we met impressed us with their warm welcoming spirit and good humor and those are reasons to want to go back, again and again.
Written December 12, 2019
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Franz H
Guntrausdorf155 contributions
Stunning
Jan 2019
We had a good hour walking around and visiting the mayor attractions, such as the graves/mausoleum of Fidel Castro, Jose Marti, Bacardi Dynasty etc. Luckily we were there at the time when the changing of the guards took place - very impressive.
Afterwards we went to Parque Cespedes, Calle Heredia, Plaza Dolores and other sights on the way.
Written October 24, 2019
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Dan and Sarah J
Bristol, UK120 contributions
Go for changing of the gaurd
Aug 2019 • Couples
It’s an interesting place to wonder around, but the real draw is Castro’s boulder/tomb and the changing of the guard (every 30 mins I think). It was great fun to watch.
Written September 22, 2019
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