Thousands of Cubans lined the streets to pay their respects to their late leader Fidel Castro as his ashes begin a 500-mile journey across the country.
People waved and chanted "I am Fidel" as the funeral cortege bearing Castro's remains draped in the Cuban flag slowly made its way east on its way to his final resting place in Santiago de Cuba.
The second largest city in Cuba is hugely symbolic in Castro's history as it was here Castro's rebels first launched an attack on the US-backed forces of dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1953.
The cortege is retracing the steps Castro took to Havana after he defeated Batista's forces in 1959, where he declared himself Representative of the Rebel Armed Forces of the Presidency.
Castro would go on to rule Cuba for 49 years
On Wednesday night, Castro's remains had been kept at a mausoleum in Santa Clara where fellow revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is interned.
Since Castro's death on Friday Cubans have been paying tribute to their leader.
Castro was cremated on Saturday and at 9am on Monday a 21-gun salute marked the start of a nine-day period of mourning.