When you think of Havana, the first thing to come to mind may be the sun, the cigars or Camila Cabello. Not the Beatles. But, believe it or not, there’s a John Lennon Park located in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. This 750 hectare park contains a life size, bronze statue of none other than John Lennon himself. The statue’s iconic glasses have been stolen so many times by fans looking for memorabilia and vandals looking to cause trouble, that they eventually stopped replacing them! If you’re lucky, there may be a security gaurd or groundskeeper about who carries a pair of glasses for people to take photos with the statue in all its former glory.
In the 60s and 70s when John Lennon was alive, the Beatles’ music was banned from the country for being too modern. It wasn’t until 20 years after John Lennon’s death, that this changed. When Fidel Castro was President he decided that Lennon was to be celebrated as a dreamer. Ever since then, the park has been open to the public and people have been free to play the Beatles’ music whenever they want.