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Also identified as Liberty Plaza (Plaza de la Libertad) it is one of the favourite spots of the people of the Heroic City (Ciudad Héroe), and of its visitors. It is among one of the most central and elevated points in the midst of the city’s vital arteries such as Aguilera, José A. Saco streets and it is the starting point of the popular Victoriano Garzón avenue.
The well known Liberty Column (Columna de la Libertad) is one of the Plaza’s attractions, where the Liberating Army of Cuba is honoured (Ejército Libertador de Cuba), for fighting for independence from Spain during the last third of the XIX century.
It was also raised in memory of other historical figures from Perucho Figueredo, author of Cuba’s National Anthem, to the Apostle José Martí. It is also the seat for one of the most renowned sports encounters in the country, mostly dedicated to baseball, the nation’s passion.
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