The Polancos in the Park of Martyrs of 71

My wife needed to take a little break so we stopped at a small park located on the Malecón. We found a bench to sit on and gazed on the bright sunset. We noticed that all the locals were at this park named Park of the Martyrs of 71. There were kids playing futbol, adults working out, and both adults and kids just hanging out. If there was ever a hotspot, this was it. Just across from the Malecón and the fortress of San Salvador de la Punta, this was a relaxing and scenic area. There was perfect weather in Havana and the statues and monuments seemed to stand out as they blended with the blue skies.

Photo Courtesy of Madelin Vasquez Polanco.

The park is designed with beautiful architecture,  dominating statues, and Cuban flags. One statue that caught my eyes was a huge General sitting on horse with the clouds overseeing the park. This one statue holds a deep story about Cuba and Independence waiting to be told. The statue is to commemorate Dominican born General Máximo Gómez.

Statue of Máximo Gómez. Photo Courtesy of Madelin Vasquez Polanco.

He was a major General and military commander in the Cuba’s war against Spain and in the War of Independence. Officers under him became high-ranking officers including Antonio Maceo. Máximo Gómez is also immortalized on the Cuban Silver Certificate. Historical landmarks like these can be found all throughout Havana and Cuba.

Cuban Silver Certificate. Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of American History.

I highly recommend this park if you are near Central Havana. Behind the Máximo Gómez statue is the Museum of Revolution. This museum was inaugurated on January 31, 1920. It was the largest building in Cuba at the time and was the former Presidential Palace. As my family and Andi sat in the park, we watched the cruise lines in the harbor. This park is a hot-spot with buses arriving very often and people enjoying life. You can see many classic car tours passing by and couples passing through on their way to the Havana Malecón.

Photo Courtesy of Madelin Vasquez Polanco.

We lost track of time and realized that we were off schedule so we rushed back to the casa particular for some well needed rest. I was so excited and thrilled to be on these Havana streets that I didn’t realize how tired my family was. We made it back to the casa particular and everyone went straight to sleep. I stayed up wondering what adventures awaited us the next day.

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19 thoughts on “The Polancos in the Park of Martyrs of 71

      1. Oh really? How was that? I bet it was like at Sweden. Well Come! You’re very welcome. Just a warning, if you come to Sweden this summer you probably will melt away. LAst year we had a record on the heat and they say it’s gonna be worse this summer.


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