The Cementerio Cristóbal Colón is a catholic graveyard in La Habana, Cuba – located near the Plaza de la Revolución. With 56 hectars It is one of the biggest and most beautiful graveyards in the Americas and is frequently visited by tourists. It is named after Christopher Columbus and forms a vast and gorgeous city of the dead.
It was opened in 1871 and the first person buried here was an African slave. But in fact most of the graves are those of more wealthy people. Visiting the graveyard can last long and be quite tough: the road network within is 20 kilometers long.
Since 1987 the graveyard is a protected national monument – and that was a good decision: the beautiful graves, statues and mausoleums are really worth a visit.
Cementerio Cristóbal Colón
La Habana, Cuba