Have you ever visited a cemetery that has become a national monument? This could be your chance. Full of religious iconography and marble statues, this cemetery is one of the largest in the Americas and might just be the most emotional walk you might take – in any case, you have 56 hectares of Cuban history to contemplate. If you don’t want to get lost, you can purchase a little guide book for (CUC/$5) at the entrance.
In order to guide you through quickly, we have created an easy-to-follow manual for you here:
Shortly after the entrance you will come across the tomb of General Máximo Gomez (1905) to your right hand side – all you need to look for is the bronze face in a medallion. Walk a little more along the circle and, again to your right, you will see the memorial to the firefighters (1890). On the north-eastern side of the chapel is the most famous tomb: the one of La Milagrosa (Señora Amelia Goyri), who died in childbirth in 1901. This tomb is so famous because of the magic that surrounds it: her husband, who was left behind heartbroken after her death, used to knock on her tomb with one of the 4 iron rings of the vault, walking away backwards to keep her in sight as long as he could. In catholic faith it is said that if a buried body remains intact after death, it is holy – which was the case of La Milagrosa, when her body was exhumed years after her death. Not only that, but it is said that her baby, which was buried at her feet, was found in her arms, years later. La Milagrosa is a vast spiritual symbol in Cuba and is visited continuously in the hope for the fulfillment of dreams. If you want to honour the tradition, knock on the vault with the iron ring and walk away backwards, just like her husband used to do.