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    The train museum

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    A very interesting place is the place of the last battle of the Cuban revolution.
    The capture of the train was the decisive act in the triumph of the revolution and it is now a major tourist attraction.
    Batista was on the point of sending an armored train with weapons and soldiers to Santiago de Cuba to counter attack revolutionaries.
    Che Guevara use sn american bulldogger to stop the train, the solders on the train are quikly surrounded and the fight had been soon over.
    Now there is a museum inside the train.

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    The mausloeum

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    The mausoleum is next to the museum, and here there are the buried remains of Che, along with a number of the men who were with him on that day in Bolivia, when the CIA got their man.
    The mausoleum is tastefully done, with plaques of all those in Che's Bolivian guerrilla column (most of whom are also buried there) and an eternal flame lit by Castro in 1997.
    Nor in the museum, nor in the mausoleum you are allowed to take pictures, you must leave your cam at security outside.
    Both museum and mausoleum are free.

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    The museum

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    Below the monument, hidden from the sun,there is an excellent museum that tells the story of Che's life, along with a surprisingly large number of personal items, from an early drawing book and school reports through to guns, asma medicines and uniforms.
    There are tons of photos.
    His eyes smile with a passion that's infectious, and he even manages to make the straggly beard he wore in the jungle look cool.

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    The monument

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    The monument description:centre stage is a very big bronze statue of Che handing a gun, and he's flanked by words of wisdom from the revolution, the text of the letter he sent to Castro when he left Cuba in 1965, and scenes from the fight for Santa Clara in 1959, in which Che took the town in what is regarded as the decisive victory of the revolution.

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    The Memorial

    by K-nalla Written Nov 19, 2007
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    Beautifully and well presented. Simple and solemn. An excellent way to say thank you. If you walk over to the parade field right in front and behind it, youll find some children that will tell you the whole story, where did Ernesto came from, where the battle took place, and they will tell it with a smile in their faces as they mimic their grandfathers who were in the battle (please bring school supplies and pass them down over here)
    Reads Ernesto's alleged letter of farewell to the Cuban people and try to hold a tear from running down your cheek. Same letter that impeded him from coming back....

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    Tren Blindado

    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

    This is a small museum inside some of the train cars captured at the end of the revolution… it tells you the story of how it was capture and why it was so important to the revolution. In fact, that train changed the Cuban history!

    You need to pay 1 CUC to get in… I won’t say it’s worth it, but it’s definitively interesting.

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    Mausoleo & Museo del Che!

    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

    This is probably the only monument where you don’t have to pay to get in… (Political propaganda!? It’s just my opinion)…

    Anyway… this is the most impressing thing I saw during my two-week trip to Cuba! As a South American… I can only be proud of such a character. The monument is huge, awesome. The museum downstairs has plenty of information about Che’s life… the missions he was sent to… plenty of artifacts he received while fighting aboard. The mausoleum, peaceful… the way it must be!

    Hasta la victoria siempre!

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    Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara mausoleum.

    by wandabendik Updated Mar 6, 2007

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    The Mausoleo Che Guevara (Che Guevara Mausoleum) is a mausoleum in Santa Clara, Cuba. It houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign.

    Guevara was laid to rest with full military honors on 17 October 1997 after his exhumed remains were returned to Cuba from Bolivia.

    Inside the mausoleum visitors are asked to be silent, there burns an eternal flame, in respect of Che. No cameras allowed either.

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    A visit to the memorial of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

    by wandabendik Written Mar 6, 2007

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    A visit to the memorial to Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and neighbouring museum..
    The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia have been interred at this site and the mausoleum is open to the public. Located under the monument is the "Museo Histórico de la Revolución" showcasing a permanent exhibition about Che Guevara’s life and role in the revolution.

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    Che Guevara's mausoleum

    by Joseph69 Written Jan 12, 2007

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    The mausoleum of Che Guevara is an interesting place. We could not take photos inside, but we took photos of the outside at least.

    It consists of the life of Che Guevara, from when he was living in Argentina, up until around the time before his death.

    It's worthwhile the look if you're in the area.

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    The Train

    by Joseph69 Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    Train Che Guevera had captured

    Located only a 10 minute walk from Santa Clara's main square, is the location of the train which is on display. This was the train which Che Guevara had captured, and was able to gain many weapons, etc, for the final assualt in the revolution.

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    Che

    by Vikingvicki Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Che Guevara monument

    A 10 minute communal horse carriage
    (Santa clara's local bus system) ride out of town ( costs about 1 peso), I think it takes about 30 mins to walk, is the big monument to Che Guevara, a smal museum & the mauseoleum where he is buried.
    You are not allowed to take pictures in side, but here is a picture of one of the parts of the monument, it's a copy of the last letter Che wrote to Fidel before he was killed.
    You have to leave your cameras outside in a luggage booth, it's free to get in & for some reason they ask you where you are from but they don't note it down anywhere, so maybe it's just curiosity ??

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    The area around the mausoleum of Che Guevara (2)

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    When you walk towards the monument, you can take a look to the surrounding garden. You will notice the same advertising boards as in the rest of Cuba.

    The regime keeps the memory about Ché very much alive. It's a nice break when you are enroute from Trinidad towards Santiago de Cuba.

    Make sure you spend some time around here when you pass by.

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    The area around the mausoleum of Che Guevara

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    When you walk towards the monument, you can take a look to the surrounding garden. You will notice the same advertising boards as in the rest of Cuba.

    The regime keeps the memory about Ché very much alive and you will see a lot of school children visiting the mausoleum of Ché.

    Take some time to relax and watch the people passing by.

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    The mausoleum of Che Guevara

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    The mausoleum of Che Guevara

    In Santa Clara you can visit the mausoleum of Che Guevara. You can learn more about the man and the legend. Step in his footsteps and see a wide display of items out of his live.

    There is a small museum that tells the story about his life and what Che stands for.

    It's also an interesting view on this part of Cuban history and Ché's life or did you know that Ché was also active in Congo?

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