Habana plaza de revolucion and José Martí Memorial, La Habana, Cuba

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The Plaza is 31st largest city square in the world , measuring 72000 square meters.

The square is notable as being where many political rallies take place and Fidel Castro and other political figures address Cubans. Fidel Castro has addressed more than a million Cubans on many important occasions, such as 1 May and 26 July each year.

The square is dominated by the José Martí Memorial, which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall tower and an 18 m (59 ft) statue. The National Library, many government ministries, and other buildings are located in and around the Plaza. Located behind the memorial are the closely guarded offices of former President Fidel Castro. Opposite the memorial on the far side of the square is the famous Che Guevara image with his well known slogan of "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always) that identifies the Ministry of the Interior building.

Construction of the square and the José Martí monument commenced during the Presidency of Fulgencio Batista. The square and the memorial were completed in 1959 (the year Fidel Castro came to power). It was originally called Plaza Cívica (Civic Square). After the Cuban Revolution (1959), it was renamed "Plaza de la Revolución" or "Revolution Square." An elevator allows access the top of the memorial, at 109 m one the tallest points in the city.

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Comments (57)

Ivan Logvinov on March 27, 2014

Beautiful place and beautiful photo!
Best wishes from Russia!

Lucien Kivit on March 29, 2014

Ivan , thank you for your kind comment and like , greetings Lucien

C haydeé on April 12, 2014

Hola Lucien

Preciosa fotografía de tan emblemática plazo con el Memorial al poeta José Martí. LIKE y FAVORITE Buen fin de semana. Chaydeé.

Lucien Kivit on April 14, 2014

Chaydeé , thank you for your kind comment, YS and like , greetings Lucien

Tomros on April 24, 2014

excellent presentation! Interesting description!

I wonder if this is going to be the place where revolution will happen again. The "Tahrir Square" of Cuba?

Like 30.

greetings, tomas from toronto

Lucien Kivit on April 26, 2014

Tomas ,might be possible Tomas, thank you for your kind comment and like, greetings Lucien

Zygmunt Borowski on October 20, 2014

Nice photo - like

Friendly greeting from Zygmunt

Lucien Kivit on October 24, 2014

Zygmunt , thank you for your kind comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on January 5, 2015

Moorteufel 2 , thank you for your kind comment and like, greetings Lucien

Красивое место! F+L, Fen

Lucien Kivit on February 3, 2015

Fen , thank you for your kind comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

Heinrich Andreas on April 4, 2015

Sehr schöner Obelisk fantastisch fotografiert F+L
Schöne Grüße, Heinrich

elakramine on April 5, 2015

Nicely captured, YSL: 10/35

Greetings, Elakramine

Lucien Kivit on April 8, 2015

Heinrich , thank you for your kind comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on April 8, 2015

Elakramine , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

Dick van Aggelen on September 21

Wat een mooie foto!!! LIKE

Lucien Kivit on September 23

Dick van Aggelen , bedankt voor dit leuke commentaar en like , groeten Lucien

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Lucien Kivit
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  • Uploaded on May 14, 2010
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    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix2600Zoom
    • Taken on 2006/09/24 15:38:30
    • Exposure: 0.005s
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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