Plaza de la Revolución


Holguín is a city most fiel (faithful) and its bombastic revolutionary plaza, east of the center, is a huge monument to the heroes of Cuban independence, bearing quotations from José Martí and Fidel Castro. Massive rallies are held here every May 1 (Labor Day). The tomb of Calixto García, containing his ashes, is also here, as is a smaller monument to García's mother.

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1. Tomb of Calixto García

0.16 MILES

The tomb of Calixto García, containing his ashes, is in Holguín's Plaza de la Revolución, as is as a smaller monument to García's mother.

2. Casa Natal de Calixto García

1.34 MILES

To learn more about the militaristic deeds of Holguín's local hero, head to this house situated two blocks east of the namesake park. The hugely…

3. Catedral de San Isidoro

1.35 MILES

Dazzling white and characterized by its twin domed towers, the Catedral de San Isidoro, one of the town’s original constructions, dates from 1720. Added…

4. Parque Peralta

1.39 MILES

This square is named for General Julio Grave de Peralta (1834–72), who led an uprising against Spain from Holguín in October 1868. His marble statue (1916…

5. Galería Holguín


Situated in a colonial building, the Galería Holguín displays a revolving cache of good local art.

6. Parque Calixto García

1.41 MILES

This wide, expansive square is more about atmosphere than architecture. It was laid out in 1719 as the original Plaza de Armas and served for many years…

7. Museo de Historia Provincial

1.41 MILES

Now a national monument, the building on the northern side of Parque Calixto García was constructed between 1860 and 1868 and was used as a Spanish army…

8. Iglesia de San José

1.42 MILES

The Iglesia de San José features a distinctive dome with a bell tower (1842), once used by the Independistas as a lookout.