Post by kerouac2 on Jan 25, 2018 14:49:18 GMT
After more than a week in Havana, we were filled with revolutionary fervour so what better place to visit than the Museum of the Revolution. The building was constructed in 1920 and was the presidential palace until 1959. It was such a symbol of complete corruption to the new leaders that it was out of the question to continue using it for government functions. It was therefore converted into a museum.
I found it very interesting, but there was not much to photograph indoors. There were many documents and photos in glass cases, and even though some of them would have been worthy of a picture, the reflections on the glass pretty much prevented any chance of success.
The major highlight as far as I was concerned was that our visit coincided with the arrival of about a hundred young soldiers, probably on their very first visit to the capital. They were quite excited by everything they saw, even though their had the attention span of their age group. I read that military service lasts two years in Cuba and is performed between the ages of 17 and 28. For men it is compulsory and for women it is voluntary. There were quite a few young women in the group. Besides being a patriotic thing to do, I imagine it is an excellent way to finally get away from home. A number of the soldiers were holding hands, so it seems to be a good dating service as well.
Here is a full view of the building, not my own photo, because I did not think to take one from far enough away.
All of these presidential palace buildings around the world seem to have the same basic design with a dome.
There were a couple of diaramas to jazz things up. The little soldiers thought they were wonderful as a backdrop for their selfies.
Women were very prominent as revolutionary figures in the museum.