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  • Wagon and the obelisk.
    Wagon and the obelisk.
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  • Bulldozer that shifted the rails.
    Bulldozer that shifted the rails.
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    Mausoleum & memorial Che Guevara.

    by pfsmalo Written May 11, 2015

    Arriving on the plaza de la Revolucion, which is quite large and bare, it is impossible to miss the gigantic statue of the "Che". Whatever one thinks of the person himself, the charisma and personality of the man stood him in good stead with the Cubans themselves (or, at that time, the majority). The main leader along with Cienfuegos during the battle for Santa Clara, thus precipitating the flight of Batista, it was natural to put his memorial here.
    On the pedestal is engraved one of his quotations " Hasta la victoria Siempre" - "Ever onwards to victory", which you'll find on billboards, posters and on souvenirs all over Cuba. There is a fresco also to the left depicting the Che along with his "Compañeros" during the struggle for Santa Clara. In the memorial garden behind the museum and statue, the remains of Guevara and his 16 comrades are buried since 1997 with an eternal flame lit by Fidel Castro.
    In the museum beneath the statue you'll find many photos and articles that belonged to Che and his men, laid out chronologically up to the time of his death.

    Entrance is free but no photos in the memorial or museum

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    Around Parque Vidal, Santa Clara.

    by pfsmalo Written May 10, 2015

    Great spot for people watching, especially that it was a Sunday when we were there so everyone was outside either strolling, watching or playing with the kids or just generally enjoying themselves. Found plenty of kids willing to pose and make fools of themselves, not just for the camera but for girl-friends, boyfriends and parents.

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    Plaza et Iglesia del Carmen, Santa Clara.

    by pfsmalo Written May 10, 2015

    It was here in 1689 that the founding fathers of Santa Clara met for their first mass, after coming here from Remedios. On the quiet square there is a memorial with 18 columns depicting the 18 families that made the trek, erected in 1951.
    The church was first erected in 1748, and as such is the oldest church in Santa Clara, and has been perfectly restored, adding a belfry around 1850.

    Iglesia de Nuestra Senora  del Carmen. Mass christening. The memorial.

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    Museo memorial del Tren Blindado, Santa Clara.

    by pfsmalo Written May 9, 2015

    I found this site more than a little disappointing. When we got there, there was no-one in the office, no-one to explain anything and all the wagons were locked, no way in to see the photos that there are (supposedly) inside. Being able to read Spanish helps to read the couple of info panels in the grounds. This is one of the Che's greatest tactical victories, managing to de-rail the armoured train bringing soldiers, arms and provisions for Batista's men on 29th December 1958. Supposedly the wagons are in the same place as they were at the time. All this happened after Che's men had already captured Santa Clara, but Batista tried to send in more men and provisions. It was just a couple of days after this defeat that Batista fled the country.

    Wagon and the obelisk. AA gun Bulldozer that shifted the rails. Part of the Che obelisk.

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    The Che Guevara Monument And Museum.

    by CDM7 Written Feb 10, 2015

    Che Guevara was an Argentinean medical student who became a leading figure in the Cuban Revolution.
    The museum gives you an insight into Che's life before and after the Cuban Revolution.Inside you will see many of his personal items as well as photographs,letters,guns and uniforms.Most of the items in the museum are labelled in English,but knowing Spanish will give you a big advantage for reading any letters and documents.
    Taking photos inside the building is not allowed,so cameras and bags have to be left with security.

    Admission is free.

    Statue of Che Guevara Plaza de la Revolucion
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    Battle Of Santa Clare - 28th December 1958

    by CDM7 Written Feb 7, 2015

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    In 1958,Santa Clare was the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution,when Che Guevara stopped a train carrying weapons and reinforcements to attack the revolutionaries.A bulldozer was used to destroy a large section of track.This caused several of the carriages to derail.General Batista fled Cuba less than 12 hours later and Fidel Castro's forces claimed victory.

    The scene of the derailment. Some of the carriages that tumbled from the rails.
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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

    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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