Central Park, located in main square

 
  • Central Park is probably the best known and busiest square in Havana. 
  • The park itself is actually a large square with palm trees, located between Old Havana (Habana Vieja) and Central Havana (Habana Centro). 
  • In the center of the park a large statue of José Marti, the Cuban National Hero, dominates the square. 
  • Historians say the construction of Central Park dates back to the demolition of the walls of the city (beginning in 1863) and the construction of the Alameda de Isabel II (Paseo del Prado), its name because it was at the center of the two sections of the Alameda. 
  • Surrounded by street lamps, fountains and small sculptures that decorate small interior trails, lush and ancient trees invite the passerby to rest, protected from the sun.
  • At the center of the park is the monument to José Martí, the first statue erected in his honor, unveiled on February 24, 1905, made in white marble at a cost of 4500 dollars.
  • The work was done by Cuban sculptor José V. Saavedra in his studio in Rome. Appearing in relief, allegorical Liberation Army soldier figures appear with the coat of arms of the Republic.
  • On the pedestal sits the monument’s iconic golden spike, with its history of theft and misfortunes, donated by Juana de Varona, later replaced by a copy.

 

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