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Plaza de la Revolución Square, Havana

Discover Plaza de la Revolución Square in Vedado, Havana, Cuba, and bear witness to the nucleus of Havana

Plaza de la Revolución Square, Havana
Plaza de la Revolución Square © Giåm

The Plaza de la Revolución Square, located in Vedado, in the municipality of Havana, named in the same way, is one of the largest public squares in the world, at 72,000 square meters, as well as a place of great historic value, as it has been the scene of several of the main events throughout the Cuban Revolution. A million people have gathered here (almost a tenth of Cuban population).

 

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El Che Building, Plaza de la Revolucion Square
El Che Building © Overmoder

 

Its huge terrace has been used for several Party conferences, and has been witness to several acts of solidarity with brother nations, and to anniversaries of historic events, such as the assault on Cuartel Moncada, and the success of the Revolution.

This huge square was made by Frenchman Jean Claude Forestier in the 1920s, and was known as Plaza Cívica Square until 1959. The square was built over a hill in the style of the l’Étoile Square in Paris, with several avenues spreading out towards Almendares river, Vedado, and Fraternidad Park in Central Havana.

Nowadays, it is surrounded by grey buildings and is the Cuban Government headquarters, used as a place to celebrate the important political demonstrations.

In the center of the square you’ll find the José Martí Memorial, and right behind it are the Government offices, inside the heavily guarded Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.

The concrete building in the north of the square is the Ministry of the Interior, famous for the huge Mural of Che Guevara on its facade, which is a copy of the picture taken by Alberto Korda in 1960. Just below the picture of Che is the sentence “Ever onward to victory!”. The nearby building is that of telecommunications, and displays the picture of heroic warrior Camilo Cienfuegos.

On the east side of the square is the José Martí National Library, which houses an interesting photography exhibition; and on the west side is the Cuban National Theater.

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