Estatua Cristo de la Habana
The Estatua Cristo de la Habana (Havana Christ Statue, Carretera del Asilo, daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m., entrance CUC1, children under 12 free) looms over Casablanca, dominating the cliff face immediately east of the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. The 15-meter-tall statue, unveiled on December 25, 1958, was hewn from Italian Carrara marble by Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera.
From the mirador surrounding the statue, you have a bird’s-eye view of the harbor. The views are especially good at dawn and dusk, and it is possible, with the sun gilding the waters, to imagine great galleons slipping in and out of the harbor, laden with treasure en route to Spain.
The adjoining Casa del Che (daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m., entrance CUC4, guide CUC1, camera CUC2) café/restaurant has a small museum, with personal effects, dedicated to the revolutionary.
The statue is a 10-minute uphill walk from the Casablanca dock.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition