Surroundings of Santiago de Cuba. Part 1

Surroundings of Santiago de Cuba. Part 1

Although somewhat far, if you have time and do not mind taking a car, do not miss visiting:

5. The cemetery of Santa Ifigenia

Opened in 1869, the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia counts on being one of the oldest in Cuba.

In it you can see the tombs of those who fell in the assault on the Moncada Barracks and that of José Martí, national hero. Some tombs are authentic works of art.

The cemetery of Santa Ifigenia

In this cemetery rest the ashes of Fidel Castro. He wanted to be buried in Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the Revolution, along with his great national hero, José Martí, whose remains rest in a tower 26 meters high

His grave is a stone with rounded shapes and in which only Fidel puts.

 Tomb of Fidel

6. The Sanctuary of the Virgen del Cobre

Many Cubans make their pilgrimage to see their patron saint, the Virgin of copper, to Santiago de Cuba, especially on September 8, which is the day on which their festival is celebrated.

Besides being her Catholic patron, she is associated with Ochún, goddess mother of beliefs that have been inherited from Africa and that has many followers in Cuba.

The Sanctuary of the Virgen del Cobre

The original image was found in the northern seas, in the east, more than 400 years ago.

It is located on a hill, 20 kilometers from Santiago. Taking a taxi will cost you around 12 CUC round trip.

7. Castle of San Pedro de la Roca or Castillo del Morro

Built in the seventeenth century, around 1638, and declared a World Heritage Site, you can enjoy stunning views of the bay of Santiago and see the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

 Morro Castle

Inside you can see a museum dedicated to piracy.

In its rooms, you can also see the main events of the Cuban-American War of 1898, as well as photographs associated with the explosion of the Maine and that caused the United States to enter the war against Spain.

 Morro Castle

In its surroundings there is a lighthouse and there is a craft fair. At 6 o’clock in the afternoon the canonical ceremony with the typical costumes of the time.

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