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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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    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 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 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 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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    Ché Guevara

    by Luchonda Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    The memorial of Ché - a friend of Fidel Castro during the Revolution.
    He was from Argentina - doctor - became minister of finance after the revolution and died/ was murdered in Bolivia.
    He was a revolutionair in many African countries like Belgian Congo during 1965/66
    But his mission failed that period.
    He knew already Laurent Kabila that time, Kabila who made black history in the nineteens.

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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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    Close to Ernesto Ché Guevara memorial

    by Luchonda Updated Jan 8, 2004

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    Close to the memorial i saw those proud cubans - a nice background - and my Canon EOS 50E was ready to frame this view
    Remarkable are the many lyrics on the marble monument of wich the valedictory letter from Ché to Fidel is impressive.
    Untill now - nobody is convinced who really wrote this letter : Ché - the CIA or Fidel himself?

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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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    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 monument to Che Guevara -...

    by Zap-b Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The monument to Che Guevara - including his final resting place together with 30+ comrades who also died in Bolivia in 1967.
    The monument itself was built in the 1980's though it was only in 1997 that Bolivia agreed to repatriate the remains of Che and other comrades to Bolivia. The eternal flame was lit on the day of the internment by Fidel Castro. The room where the remains are actually interned is underneath the monument in a solemn setting. The place opposite holds a museum detailing the life of Che from the wild days of his youth which saw him galavanting and having fun around South America to the successes of the Cuban Revolution and the driving force that drew him back to revolution in Africa and ultimately to Bolivia in the mid to late 1960's.

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    See Che Guevara's Monument:...

    by silvia-m.b Written Oct 4, 2002

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    See Che Guevara's Monument: this bronze sculpture has 7 m. high and 20 tons weight. Was built by José Delarra Cuba's artist and Che's face is looking Latin America, to the south.
    'Che' in all his bigness...WOW! Impact me...

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    Read the engraving's stone...

    by silvia-m.b Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Read the engraving's stone next to Che Guevara's Monument: 'Se asigna al comandante Che Guevara la Misión de conducir desde la Sierra Maestra hasta la provincia de las Villas una columna rebelde'
    Che Guevara's History and Art together...lovely! See the 16 engraving's stones that were make with cuban marble.

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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 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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