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One of the most interesting and emotional places in Havana, due to its historical and cultural value and the source of knowledge it represents, is the Casa Natal de José Martí, the National Hero of Cuba.

La Casita de Martí, as it is popularly known, is the oldest museum in the capital and treasures an extensive collection of works and belongings of the Cuban politician and intellectual in its ephemeral, but long existence.

It is housed in a National Monument, the house where the most universal of Cubans was born, dating from the 19th century and showing architectural elements characteristic of the era, such as the roof tile and two floors.

It has a total of seven rooms, where objects of his childhood, adolescence and youth are exhibited, as well as his stay in the United States and his role as Delegate of the Cuban Revolutionary Party, among other moments until his fall in Dos Ríos in 1895.

The blue doors and windows, in contrast to the yellow walls, are a distinctive component of this prestigious heritage centre, founded as a museum on 28 January 1925, in homage to the birth of José Martí.

With more than sixty thousand annual visits, the birthplace of José Martí brings together an important part of the history of one of the greatest Cubans of all time.

For visits: Leonor Pérez Street number 31, between Monserrate and Picota. Old Havana (23.129904, -82.353597). Telephone: +53 7 8613778. Emailnataljmarti@patrimonio.ohc.cu. Open from tuesday to saturday from 09:00h to 17:00h and sundays from 09:00h to 13:00h

by: Lys Alfonso Bergantiño