Santiago de Cuba counts with many museums and places to approach the history and its protagonists; spaces that move us to a glorious past and summon to the reflection on what we are today. But it is perhaps Santa Ifigenia cemetery, founded in 1868 and considered an open-air museum, one of the most valuable ones, because it contains the last abodes of worthy men and women.
October 10th, 2017 was a unique date in the necropolis of Santiago, because the central patrimonial area where the mausoleum with the remains of the national hero José Martí, the pantheon to the martyrs of Moncada and the monolith that keeps the ashes of the leader of the revolution Fidel Castro joined to the remains of the father of the nation, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and the mother of all Cubans, Mariana Grajales.
This is a Cuban pilgrimage site and dozens of people from all over the world come here to pay tribute and honor.
When we meet 150 years of the beginning of the struggles for independence this October 10th, we share these images of the sacred altar of the nation. (Text and photos: César Alejandro Moreno Lezcano/ Journalism Student)