On the largest necropolis in Latin America Walk
• of the largest necropolis in Latin America Walk
One of the most well-known, but the least visited attractions in Havana - Colon cemetery, on the right is one of the first place among the largest cemeteries in Latin America.
The main gate. And by the way, the only ones available for tourists. At first we tried to drive on the other side, but there we have deployed - they say that you are not here. Regarding a strange angle - any other point shooting will be in the middle of the roadway, just before the entrance there is a fairly busy intersection. And a bunch of wires above the head do not add charm.
Local can pass freely, and come in large numbers to charge a bribe - 5 cookies (if I remember correctly). The only tourists, we saw there, moving at such a miracle here is the automotive industry. Presumably, within the overall tour. Perhaps it is not a meaningless approach - the road to the cemetery quite wonderful, and the size of the territory such that for about an hour of thoughtful walking we could hardly a quarter-see.
The most interesting is the central alley - the graves of the presidents of national heroes and other prominent personalities. I assume that the basic tourist excursion and this is limited. In the course of trying to look out for the resting place of Capablanca, but could not find it.
The central chapel. In form very similar to the famous cathedral in Florence, made in miniature.
Here it is from a different angle. Here the resemblance to the Santa Maria del Fiore is much more noticeable.
In general, the architectural elements of buildings in the Colon Cemetery literally fascinated - I think you can easily spend a whole day (and sometimes more than one), looking at the details.
One of the most magnificent monuments of the necropolis - a 23-meter monument to firefighters who died while extinguishing a large fire May 17, 1890. In short, the next story. In the basement of the store, the fire in which they were trying to put out, found a small powder magazine. It exploded so that killed not only all the firefighters, but also a number of passers-by, including the Venezuelan consul.
Bas-relief portraits of the heroic firefighters.
Sculpture at the base of the obelisk.
Another - from the same place. In fact, there were four, but decided not to overload the report details.
Perhaps the most remarkable (in the sense that it is not like the others) tomb in the neighborhood - the burial place of the architect, to erect buildings of Havana Capitol (information from the words of the guard, do not check). It is designed in such an interesting way that at a certain position of the sun shining through out the thin cross on the opposite wall must be nice to wash the tombstone.
The cemetery was built under the leadership of the Galician architect in 1876. The oldest burial are about to this period.
That is a little more later disposal - however, everything is in perfect condition, although already passed much more than a hundred years.
In general, the area looks very well maintained - not a speck of dust anywhere, everywhere scurrying workers - sweeping, repairing and figuratively trimmed a few trees.
In total, in the territory of the necropolis is 800,000 graves. The number of buried more than a million people. In fact, the place is very much appreciated and a fair amount of these graves - reusable. A few years later the remains exhumed and placed in a special container, which is moved for storage in one of the columbaria. As far as I understand the system, it remains stored as long as the family pays a fee for the cell.
In general, the most famous feature of the Colon cemetery - sculpted tombstones and monuments, of which there are more than five hundred.
Skill sculptors really admire - attention to detail is just amazing. Note the cloak of an angel, for example.
In fact, it's not just the cemetery, but the marble museum in the open air sculptures. According to rumors, there were cases when the sculpture here even bathed.
We walked a short time and did not see everything, but the result was a series of:
In addition to the sculptures, the cemetery is also a lot of the buildings - a variety of crypts, tombs, mausoleums, columbaria and TP.
Some thus look quite sinister, even in daylight.
I will not sign anything, because he himself is not quite sure, and I can easily make a mistake, just show.
In general, for all the variety of Christian symbols, it is necessary to take into account that Cuba is very common Santeria - a syncretic religion that is a fusion of African people Yoruba faiths, Catholicism and voodoo elements. Number of followers, no one knows, because many are registered as Catholics and attend regular temples if not conceal their religious affiliation, but feels it is large enough.
Actually, why do I mention it? He caught me once on the forum Vinsky information about one of the ceremonies - when you want to impose on someone curse, create a voodoo doll, which inside for greater forces placed human bones. The final chord of the ceremony - the most of the night throwing dolls on the territory of the nearest cemetery, in particular, described herein necropolis. Man too inquisitive and nesueverny may well find something similar, if early morning stroll along the fence - before they go out to work and all the wipers swept away. I do not imagine, however, who, in principle, may need this information?