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“Cemetery a few miles to the west”

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Owner description: This cementery houses tombs for such historic notables as José Marti and Emilio Bacardi including graves from those who fought for revolution.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Cemetery a few miles to the west”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Fascinating. Full of important martyrs and especially Jose Marti whose mausoleum has a guard of honour chaned every hald h

A fascinating place full of important martyrs with a mausoleum for Jose Marti including armed guards who change every half hour with marching and music. Marble from Italy and Cuba with ornate
sculptures glisten under the bright sun. A pleasant english-speaking guide showed us around

Visited April 2013
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“High on a hill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Peaceful place to contemplate and look at the tiny boxes in a wall with pictures of the deceased and some momentos of their lives

Visited April 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“I wasn't going to bother, but...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

... I'm glad I did! Ask for a guide to explain things, mine was great. I gave her a tip, but she didn't seem to expect one. Super interesting, especially changing of the guard. Only 1 CUC entry.
The area's a bit dodgy (a local friend of the family I was staying with drove me there and stayed with his car so it was ok! This was the only place he did this in 2 days of sightseeing- take a taxi!)

Visited April 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Some people are dying to get into this cemetery.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

We read that many of Cuba's illustrious figures have their final resting place at this cemetery and that there is a memorial to José Marti. True enough, except that we visited mid-January 2013 and the effects of Hurrican Sandy were still evident everywhere. Workers were trying to make repairs but they have little with which to work sot it takes a l-o-n-n-g time to get anything done or to remove fallen trees. The memorial to Martí was average but far more interesting were the color guard which marched, unexpectedly in goose-step, to the Memorial from the Eternal Flame for the Fallen. The guard near the EF would not let anyone take photos but no one cared where we were standing next to the Memorial. The Cuban policy regarding the taking of photographs is unevenly understood and not always enforced.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Another Wonderfula Cuban Cemetary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Spanish heritage means that there exist wonderful cemetaries in Cuba. This one is particularly important as it has at its heart the tomb of Marti, the hero of the nation. There is a solemn changing of the guard each half hour. This is accompanied by music broadcast over a loudspeaker system and the soldiers march with a straight leg step. Not only is there Marti but also Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, considered the father of Cuba's independence. The theme of independence is maintained by the fact that the cemetary hosts 11 of the 31 generals of the independence struggles. Separately from the start of Castro's era and the first rising there are the the 'martyrs' of the 1953 Moncada Barracks attack. On a lighter note there is also Compay Segundo of Buena Vista Social Club fame and the Bacardi family.

Visited February 2013
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