Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

Av. Capitán Raúl Perozo, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

They may not be the first place one thinks of visiting while on vacation, but cemeteries can be fascinating spots to get a different perspective on local history and culture. This is true anywhere, but Santiago’s Santa Ifigenia is especially interesting. It is the final resting place of some of Cuba’s best-known political figures, including the “father” of Cuban independence, José Martí; Cuba’s first post-independence president, Tomás Estrada Palma; Fidel Castro; and internationally beloved musician Compay Segundo of Buena Vista Social Club. The cemetery was declared a national monument in 1937.

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