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“Open your eyes and ears - the surrounding area is full of things to see and do”

Plaza de la Revolucion
Ranked #48 of 274 things to do in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 17, 2012

This wonderful expansive space is dominated by three of the giants of contemporary Cuban history: José Martí, Che and Camilo Cienfuegos. The risk is that you will be so over awed by their presence that you will miss experiencing their legacy.

The three places below are examples to whet your appetite – dander around, talk to people and you will find more.

With its magnificent stained glass ceiling and entrance the José Martí National Library is a well worth a visit. Always buzzing the library it is home to a fine collection of books, has a café and toilets and is usually a good place to catch an exhibition – art, literature or sculpture. The people working there are all very helpful and welcoming to visitors. The library faces on to revolution square.


When you come out of the library head down towards the bus station and you will see a large drab building on the left. Don’t let appearances deceive you. This is a major sports centre. I had passed it many times without a second thought. Attracted by a saxophonist practicing in the grounds outside the centre (typical Cuba scene) I thankfully dropped in a few weeks back. Inside i got chatting to a volley ball coach who generously brought me into his class (11-13year olds with talent) participating in a training programme. Luck was in and my visit also coincided with a basketball game being played as part of the national league (it was reported on TV later that evening). Admission to the centre is 1 Cuban Peso (25 peso = 1CuC).


The National Theatre of Cuba (Teatro Nacional) is well worth a visit. [Website: http://www.teatronacional.cult.cu/ ] If you drop in (when visiting the plaza de la revolution) it is highly likely that you will find people rehearsing. I was fortunate that my recent visit to Havana coincided with the annual Cuba-Italy cultural week which cumulated in a fabulous concert at the Teatro Nacional showcasing some of the best performers in Cuban music and dance. The show concluded with a performance by Zucchero.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Well worth a visit, but not somewhere you'd spend long. There are some good photo opportunities with the big image of Che on the front of the Ministry but aside from that there isn't much to do there. There's also the option of going to the Jose Marti Memorial on the other side of this massive, and when we were there, eerily empty square.

Its central location means that it is easy enough to get to and its also a popular destination for tour groups.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

French Emperor Napoleon I is supposed to have said, "If it is big, it is beautiful." In terms of this questionable aesthetic, this square is beautiful.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

It is a must when in havana. Fidel used to give there his speeches and the buildings around act as a impressive scenography. The picture of you with Che in the back is always a good souvenir.

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Reviewed July 15, 2012

There isn't much to see here, it is like a big car park with a statue and and a couple of buildings. But these buildings are the ones with the iconic images of Che and Camillo so you have to go and get a photo of them. We walked through on the way back from the Viazul bus station to the casa that we were staying in, in Vedado.

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