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.
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 ??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.