Santiago de Cuba 500: Santa Ifigenia, a sacred place

The remains of the hero and poet rest under the pentagonal mound of bronze. The lone star flag, you save. A sturdy building is full of symbolism center of the mausoleum, it opened in 1951. It is designed by architect and sculptor Jaime Benavent Mario Santi.

A beam of light hits the crypt. Six caryatids are foreign custody. Six: as the former provinces of Cuba: Oriente, Camaguey, Las Villas, Matanzas, Havana and Pinar del Río.

The singer Silvio Rodriguez in his famous song “Cita con Angels ” portrayed the moment of death of Martí:

An angel of the height is released,
freefall gives cold.
The order of headship
It is down to Two Rivers.
He is 19 and May,
Mount foam and Sierra Madre,
when another angel riding
drops “with the poor of the earth.”

The necropolis of Santa Ifigenia in Santiago de Cuba -established since 1868, is a National Monument. The strong conservation and restoration work taking place now returns to its original luster marble.

A memorial avenue Completion–in phase, connected to the Plaza of the Revolution Antonio Maceo to the cemetery, a place that houses the remains of figures that have marked the Cuban nation in all its facets. It is up to par, display of exceptional architectural and sculptural forms. The stone angels ask.

For its part, the tomb of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (1819-1874), considered the Father of the Nation, who called on Cubans to not look over the Spanish empire to its knees. And Mariana Grajales, mother of the Maceo. A whole passage portrays: a child wounded in bed, drove the plaintive gestures with a cry: “Out, out skirts of here, I can not stand tears!”

Here they lie, Emilio Bacardi, whom the first museum in Cuba should be, and his wife, Dona Elvira Cape. Its pyramidal tomb is one of the most notable exponents.

It is also the final resting place of the actor Adolfo Llauradó last -that unforgettable tale Lucia and Teresa portrait of Miguel Matamoros composer of Son de la Loma, Lagrimas negras and curiously negras- Francois Antommarchi, doctor of Napoleon on St. Helena.

The mambi epic of nineteenth century is represented by many as José Maceo, nicknamed “The Lion of the East”; and Guillermo Moncada. The latter was immortalized by the name of Guillermón name that hold the port, the main stadium of the city, and to the historic barracks assaulted in 1953 and today a school.

Either geography is visited slab Francisco Repilado. Recognized as Compay Segundo, she danced to islands and continents with the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.

Of men and women like them famous and humble, the sap is made of this. One is honoured when you honour.

Translated by: Daysi Olano Fernandez

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