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January 1st 2017
Published: March 28th 2017
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The first and foremost of these icons is Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Che, Fidel, John, Paul, George and Ringo





When we came home after our two week long trip in Cuba we sat down and asked ourselves how we with our blogs could describe how we perceived the country. In our photos we noticed that many of them could be said to be pictures of icons. Icons in the meaning of people with icon status.



We would here at the beginning make one thing clear. When we say that the people in the pictures are "icons" it does not reflect our personal view. Our private opinion of the people we write about in this blog is not relevant. What we mean when we call them "icons" is that it is how we believe they are seen as by the people of Cuba.



The first and foremost of these icons is Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Che Guevara was born in Argentina and was one of the most important guerilla fighters in the Cuban Revolution. There are pictures and statues of him everywhere. He can even be seen on one of the Cuban banknotes.



Next icon is a very reluctant one - Fidel Castro. Fidel was one
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Statue on a memorial and museum in Santa Clara
of the masterminds behind the Cuban Revolution. He was also later the president of Cuba and he was very important in the development of Cuba as we see it today. The reason we say that he is a reluctant icon is that there are relatively few pictures of him around. It is so because it was Fidel Castro's own wish that he would not become a symbol. There is nowadays actually a law that prohibit statues of him to be erected in Cuba. The law probably doesn't require that statues which existed before the law came into effect has to be destroyed because we did actually find one statue depicting Fidel Castro. It was very small and it is located in the Museum of the Revolution in Havana.



Even though there are few statues of Fidel Castro there are some pictures of him around and here and there people have put up signs with his name on to show how important he is to them and to Cuba..



Icon number three - Raúl Castro. Raúl Castro is the younger brother of Fidel Castro and the current president of Cuba. Pictures of him can be seen
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Statue of Che Guevara on a wall in Havana. Here lit up in the evening
here and there in Cuba. You might ask if he is an icon, an icon in construction or just an icon wannabe. Well, as far as we know there is no definition of who is and who isn't an icon so we include him in this blog until someone proves us wrong.



Icon number four to seven is a quite unexpected quartet - the Beatles. We don't know why but the Beatles seem to be popular in Cuba. In Trinidad there is a bar called Yesterday and in the entrance there are statues of the four members of the pop band, in Havana there is a park named John Lennon Park where there is a statue of John Lennon and at a street corner in Santa Clara we found several pictures of the Beatles.



We thought this was an interesting way to look at Cuban culture and we hope you think so too.


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Che statue in Santa Clara

This statue of Che in Santa Clara is a bit special. Attached to it there are several small statues each depicting some part of Che's life
Picture of ChePicture of Che
Picture of Che

Che Guevara was born in Argentina and was one of the most important guerilla fighters in the Cuban Revolution.
Another wall with a drawing of Che GuevaraAnother wall with a drawing of Che Guevara
Another wall with a drawing of Che Guevara

There are pictures and statues of Che everywhere
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Che statue in Santa Clara

A statue of Che standing on a revolution memorial and museum in Santa Clara
Che and Hugo ChávezChe and Hugo Chávez
Che and Hugo Chávez

A picture of Che Guevara and Hugo Chávez, the former president of Venezuela
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Che on a banknote

Che Guevara can even be seen on one of the Cuban banknotes
Picture of Fidel CastroPicture of Fidel Castro
Picture of Fidel Castro

On Plaza de la Revolución in Havana this large picture of Fidel Castro is decorating an entire wall of one of the buildings
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Sign in honour of Fidel Castro

Fidel was one of the masterminds behind the Cuban Revolution. He was also later the president of Cuba and he was very important in the development of Cuba as we see it today
Sign in honour of Fidel CastroSign in honour of Fidel Castro
Sign in honour of Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro was a reluctant icon because it was his own wish that he would not become a symbol. There is nowadays actually a law that prohibit statues of him to be erected in Cuba. But signs are OK we guess
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Thanks Fidel

"Gracias Fidel" means "Thanks Fidel"
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Che, Cienfuegos and Fidel

Three heroes of the Cuban Revolution. This can be seen in central Havana
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Fidel Castro

Picture of Fidel Castro on one of the walls of a buildings next to Plaza de la Revolución
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Che, Fidel and Cienfuegos

Statue of three heroes of the Cuban Revolution, Che, Fidel and Cienfuegos, at Museum of the Revolution. This is one of very few statues of Fidel Castro in Cuba.
The BeatlesThe Beatles
The Beatles

These icon are quite unexpected - the Beatles. In Trinidad there is a bar called Yesterday and in the entrance there are statues of the four members of the pop band
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John Lennon

John Lennon statue in John Lennon Park in Havana
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Pictures of the Beatles

At a street corner in Santa Clara we found several pictures of the Beatles
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Pictures of the Beatles

The same street corner in Santa Clara


28th March 2017
Che statue in Santa Clara

That's an impressive monument!
28th March 2017
Picture of Fidel Castro

I don't mind it. Good pose?
28th March 2017
Sign in honour of Fidel Castro

Tell all picture showing their living conditions?
29th March 2017
Sign in honour of Fidel Castro

It's a decent neighborhood
The house you see behind the sign is either an unfinished or under construction. We found the sign next to a backroad so the road is also not representative. The living condition of the population was in most places we visited quite decent. /Ake
28th March 2017
John Lennon

Love the bench pose ;o)
28th March 2017

Well done!
29th March 2017
Fidel Castro

Icons of Cuba
Very interesting perspective in this blog. I find it fascinating that so many images of Che but a law against constructing statues of Fidel Castro. Makes this pic all the more intriguing. Guess some wish to shout out and preserve his memory!
30th March 2017
Fidel Castro

The law is relatively new
The law against erecting statues of Fidel is relatively new. This "statue" predates it and is likely not affected by it. If I am to guess, and this is entirely a guess, the Cubans will find ways to go around that law and keep on publicly honour Fidel. "But this is not a statue, it is a mural", "But I am not putting up a statue of Fidel, only of his beard" etc. Well, you get it. Ake
30th March 2017

a shrot comments
Hej Åke, I see that you and Emma visited my born town, Santa Clara. I really hope that you and Emma had have a wonderful stay in Cuba. let me just make a short correction. The picture (4,4) is not Fidel Castro but Camilo Cienfuegos, another Cuba icon. He fought in the revolution av 1959 and there are theories that Fidel Castro assassinated him few moths after the victory due to some power conflicting interests. Hoppa allt går bra för ert. Saludos Luciano
31st March 2017

I'll correct that
Thanks for the comment, Luciano. I will correct that. We loved it in Cuba. It's a wonderful country with lovely people. Gracias y saludos! Ake
31st March 2017

Can't figure out which photo we got wrong
Luciano, I can't figure out which photo we wrongly labelled as being Fidel rather than Cienfuegos. Hopefully you or someone else might help us correct it. /Ake
31st March 2017
Che, Cienfuegos and Fidel

Cuba
We enjoyed our time in Cuba. The people are remarkably happy and we loved the music.

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