Monumento a Calixto García

Monument in Playa & Marianao

The equestrian Monumento a Calixto García pays homage to the valiant general and military strategist who participated in Cuba’s three most important pro-independence wars against Spain. Twenty-four bronze plaques surrounding the statue provide a history of García’s 30-year struggle for Cuban independence.

After commanding the troops that gave the final victory against Spain in 1898, García was prevented by US military leader William Shafter in Santiago de Cuba from attending the Spanish surrender, thus becoming the start of US military intervention in Cuba.

At the time of research, the monument was being moved to a new location in Playa neighborhood.