The Christ of Havana
A Cuban icon that seems to tirelessly protect the island's inhabitants.
He presides over La Cabaña.
This Christ statue is perhaps the most symbolic on the entire island. Sculpted by Jilma Madera and shipped over from Rome, this work of art was blessed by Pope Pius XII before being sent to Cuba. It was made of Carrara marble, the same type of marble utilized for the construction of the Colón cemetery in the Vedado neighborhood, also in the capital. The statue measures 65 feet in height plus 10 more feet for the base, and rises over the hill at La Cabaña fortress in Casa Blanca, right on the Bay of Havana. It was erected at this location on Christmas Eve 1958 and was inaugurated on the 8th of January of 1959.