Christopher Columbus Cemetery

Discover the Christopher Columbus Cemetery in Vedado, Havana, Cuba.

Christopher Columbus Cemetery, Vedado
Christopher Columbus Cemetery
© Roberto Garaicoa Martinez

Christopher Columbus Cemetery, declared National Monument and considered one of the most important monumental cemeteries in the world is located in the city of Havana.

This 56 Hectares cemetery is famous for its incredible religious iconography and its elaborated sculptures in marble. Here are hosted a great amount of monuments in different styles and trends belonging in Cuban and foreign sculptures.

Far from being  thrilling, to do a tour by this cemetery can be an educative and emotional walk along Cuban history.

Just after entering the north entrance, Neoromanesque in style (1870), if you turn right you’ll find the tomb of the pro-independence hero Máximo Gómez, being worth to take a lot at the bronze face in the circular medallion.

A bit more ahead is the Firefighter's’ Monument, dating from 1890, and the central Neoromanesque  central chapel, from 1886.

In the heart of the cemetery, in Calle 1 Street in the the corner with F, is the most famous and visited chapel in the cemetery, the Amelia Goyre de la Hoz Chapel, commonly known as La Milagrosa. The legend goes that this woman died when giving birth and her disconsolate husband, who used to visit the tomb several times each day, always knocked the door before entering with one of the rings in the mausoleum, and when leaving always walked backwards to see her for more time. Years later, they exhumed the human remains and Amelia’s were intact, what for Catholic faith is a clear sign of holiness, and the baby buried on her feet was then on her arms. From that moment onwards La Milagrosa became a spiritual worship place and thousands of pilgrims visit her tomb every year with the hope of having their dreams fulfilled. As tradition demands, its visitors known the door with the ring before entering and when they leave they do so walking backwards.

Another famous tomb is the one of Eduardo Chibás, leader of the Orthodox Party. This tomb is located in Calle 8 Street. Chibás was a tireless fighter against political corruption who committed suicide as a protest during a radio program in 1951. During his burial, a young Fidel Castro jumped above his tomb and gave a speech denouncing the established power.  

Other of the renowned tombs in here are the ones of the novelist Alejo Carpentier, the scientific Carlos Finlay, the martyrs of Granma, and the Independence War veterans.

At the entrance, for 5 CUC, you’ll be able to acquire a guide with a map with all the most interesting places in this cemetery in detail.

More information:

Location:

Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón, La Habana - Cuba.

Ticket price:

5 CUC.

Opening hours:

From 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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