Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
(022) 632723
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia - changing of the guard ceremony

Cementerio Santa Ifigenia Santiago de Cuba Reviews

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Resting place of Fidel and Jose Marti Oct 05, 2017
The Cementerio Santa Ifigenia in Santiago de Cuba is the final resting place of many important figures in Cuban history. It is also one of the reasons why we travelled all the way to Santiago de Cuba.

We took a taxi to the cemetery and we were very lucky that on our arrival, the change of guards was about to happen. During the this, no one is allowed to enter the cemetery and there is band music being played. I actually like the tune played.

There are guards placed at the area surrounding Fidel Castro's cemetery and Jose Marti's cemetery.

We had to enter by the side, pass the main building and there is a passage way that leads to Fidel's cemetery. There will be guards telling you when you can enter the area and when you should move off (to make way to other visitors). We tried asking the guards if there is an entrance fee that we need to pay and where do we do that since it was reflected in the lonely planet guide that there is an entrance fee), however we were not allowed to enter the main building and the guards just tell us to just move along.

There was a lady standing near the entrance claiming that we should pay an entrance fee but she look like those jineteros trying to make a quick buck from you. She was just sitting at the entrance in singlet and tights, she is not in uniform so I believe she is just trying to cheat tourists since she did not ask the locals to pay an entrance fee and if she is part of the administration, she would be in uniform. And she is adamant, even when we were walking back she was shouting at us for money.

The cemetery is divided into 3 main sections, the front being important figures, the second being the rich Cuban such as Bacardi's cemetery and several military officers and at the back is where you will find the local cemetery (you can see the difference in the size of the graves of the rich and the commoners)
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