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The Christopher Columbus Cemetery

Tombs and prayer in El Vedado

In 1854 Governor Marqués de Pezuela, one of the most important in the city’s history, ordered the construction of this cemetery. Located in the corner of calzada de Zapata and 12th Street, it's the best-known spot in Havana's Vedado neighborhood. Currently it occupies 140 acres, and all along it you’ll find architecture and sculptures that have turned it not just into a Cuban national monument, but the second most important cemetery in the world. Getting to admire its enormous entrance alone makes it worth your visit. Calixto de Loria erected it, and its tragic story resulted in this architect being the first person to be interred there. You can also find the man who was buried standing up and other macabre but real stories. The watchful eye of the Virgin of La Caridad del Cobre, the patron saint of the island, protects the entire property.

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