Cuban honor guards
goose-stepping at the tomb holding the remains of former Cuban leader Fidel
Castro in the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia on December 4, 2016 in Santiago de
Cuba, Cuba. Sunday marked the last of a nine-day mourning period after Castro
died November 25 at the age of 90. Photo by Al Diaz / Miami Herald
Visitors have been lining up all week to get a look at the tomb, which consists of a single boulder with a small opening covered by a metal plaque that says simply “Fidel.”
Fidel Castro's tomb has become an instant attraction in this city, the island’s second largest, drawing Cubans and curious foreigners alike.
Following the private funeral of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Sunday, people began lining up outside the closed gates of Santa Ifigenia Cemetery despite having to walk about a mile from perimeter blockades that had closed off surrounding roads during the short early morning service. They were rewarded when guards opened the gates late Sunday afternoon and they were allowed to file past. A number of them dropped single roses or sprays of flowers at the foot of the austere granite tomb.