Revolution Square - Filip Šubrt Photo

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Revolution Square

Plaza de la Revolución or "Revolution Square" (originally called Plaza Cívica) is a municipality (or borough) and a square in Havana. This  Plaza is 31st largest city square in the world.

The square is notable as being where many political rallies take place and Fidel Castro and other political figures address Cubans. Fidel Castro has addressed more than a million Cubans on many important occasions, such as 1 May and 26 July each year.

The Square of Revolution has many unique features and landmarks, including the magnificent Jose Marti Memorial. This  tower measures an astounding 109 meters, the tallest point in the city. In front of the tower is a sculpture of Marti, Cuban  writer and poet

Another of the square’s most iconic sculptures actually comprises the entire side of the Ministry of the Interior since 1993. “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” (or Towards Victory Forever) is a a 16 tones sculpture by Cuban artist Enrique Avila, of the famed revolutionary Che Guevara.

The simple yet powerful lines of the sculpture are inspired by the very handwriting of Ernesto Che Guevara himself. The wall containing the sculpture encases Guevara’s office which, although not allowed to be toured by the public, is said to be fully intact and entirely untouched.

The third sculpture in the square is that of Camilo Cienfuegos, perhaps best known as Fidel Castro’s confidant during the Cuban Revolution. Beside this sculpture, visitors can read the words "Vas bien Fidel" (or you are doing well, Fidel) in Cienfuegos’ own handwriting.