Plaza de la Revolucion, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 2011

This imposing square resides in the very heart of the city and contains the massive equestrian statue of the much-loved 19th-century patriot Antonio de la Caridad Maceo y Grajales. The steel spikes which surround the statue symbolise the determination of the Cubans to gain independence.

This is one of the similar plazas [with the same name] in every provincial capital of Cuba.

The other monument on the square is large sculpture of the man on horseback rising up from the grass below him is inviting contemporary Cubans to follow him on the revolutionary path. It was created by a local artist, Alberto Lezcay, and erected in the 1990s.

Plaza de la Revolucion has been the site of many important Fidel Castro's speeches and events over the years. The pope said mass here during his visit to Cuba in 1998, and many protests have been held here as well.

Between these events enormous space is eerie empty and usual torching sun is making it very unpleasant. Our visit to the city started here, our bus together with few others was parked on the Avenida de las America. Luckily our experience with the rest of the city changed our impression to very positive one.

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sociability
7
ceremonial
x
uses & activities
7
religious
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access & linkages
9
social
x
comfort
7
residential
x
image
7
court yard
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tourist value
5
with park
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total
42
street, shopping
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