El Cristo, Havana
This landmark across the harbour can be seen rather easily from many places in downtown Havana and was supposedly built by Batista's wife before they fled from Castro's Revolution in 1959. The statute is beautiful and slightly remarkable but seemed no longer home to the fun, young, music-filled hang-out spot I once new 'back in the day'. It now had grass growing a little long, a few goats and a couple of Cubans with cold drinks to sell. Its a nice place to pass making your way from Parque El Morro-Cabana and down to catch the ferry (lanchita) from Casablanca to Habana Vieja. Head to the edge of the park where the Cristo stands, in the direction away from the fortresses and you will find a path leading you to a series of stairs that go to Casablanca. From there, head straight across the main little plaza and down the street where you will see the ferry station.
Havana's statue of Christ blesses the city from the other side of the bay, much like the famous Cristo del Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. Carved from marble by Jilma Madera, it was erected in 1958 on a platform which makes a wonderful spot from which to watch the sun go down. You can reach the statue by road, or via the picturesque boat which crosses the bay. A 24 hour snack bar operates at the base.
In the small village of Casablanca there is a hill and in the top The Havana Christ. As all the famous statues of Christ spread all over the world, it looks to the city and is like giving peace and tranquility to the villagers. It?s 17 mt high and was builded in Carrara marmol in 1958 by Jilma Madera. One curiosity, is the biggest statue at open air even builded by a woman. U can walk around, see the wonderfull vies of the city, and if U catch the sunset here U?ll be charmed. Nice and quiet place to go with your girlfriend and propose.