Parque de los Mártires

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Santa Clara's Railway Station in 1999, across Martyrs Park

Parque de los Mártires (Martyrs Park) is a park in Santa Clara, Cuba. It is a few blocks from Parque del Carmen in front of Santa Clara railway station.[1]


The is triangular shaped with many points of interests. Its center piece is a truncated column, the only one in rural Cuba in honor of those fighters who lost their lives in the Independence War. 18th- and 19th-century buildings surround the park. The Railway Station is an example of colonial architecture, a building donated to the city by philanthropist Marta Abreu. Across from the station a colonial wooden family house still stands. Another important building in the park area is an art deco former Spanish garrison transformed in a school after the revolution. Its interior walls were considered the best example of The Vanguardist Movement Murals in Cuba.[citation needed] Cuban painter Amelia Peláez contributed to it, but the paintings have been almost completely lost. This building is a school for young children and has not been retouched for last five decades.

A statue of poet and independence leader José Martí is in Martyrs Park instead of Parque Vidal, the main plaza of the city.

The oldest domestic examples of architecture in the city are found in streets connecting this park with nearby Parque del Carmen traveling east of them towards Parque Vidal.



  1. ^ Guides, R. (2010). The Rough Guide to Havana. Rough Guides. Rough Guides Limited. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-84836-538-4. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 22°24′47.41″N 79°57′58.97″W / 22.4131694°N 79.9663806°W / 22.4131694; -79.9663806