Revolution Square

  •  Havana’s largest plaza, Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Plaza).
  • As the nexus of Forestier's ambitious plan, the square was built on a small hill (the Loma de los Catalanes) in the manner of Paris' Place de l'Étoile, with various avenues fanning out toward the Río Almendares, Vedado and the Parque de la Fraternidad in Centro Habana.
  • In 2009 a similarly designed image of Cuba's other heroic guerrillero, Camilo Cienfuegos, was added on the adjacent telecommunications building.
  • The trapezoidal complex spanning 11 acres was laid out during the Batista era when it was known as the Plaza Cívica.
  • The massive Monumento José Martí on the south side of the square sits atop a 30-meter tall base that is shaped like a five-pointed star. It is made entirely of gray granite and marble and was designed by architect Enrique Luis Varela.
  • Completed in 1958, it predates the Revolution. To each side, arching stairways lead to an 18-meter-tall (59-foot) gray-white marble statue of national hero José Martí sitting in a contemplative pose, like Rodin’s The Thinker.

 

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