Santa Clara, the city of Che Guevara

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Bronze statue of Che Guevara.




The city of Che Guevara.





History, traditions and high demand for the province’s northern keys combine to make Villa Clara a reference point for many foreign visitors.



It`s capital, Santa Clara, is known as the city of Che Guevara.



It was here where the legendary guerrilla commander Ernesto Guevara fought the battle that prompted the Rebel Army’s victory over the Fulgenico Batista’s regime.  Here, too, are remains of Che and those of his comrades in arm who died fighting in Bolivia.



Santa Clara was founded in 1689 from the village Cubanacan, of ancient Indian.



With the population over 270000 Santa Clara is a pleasant university city in the centre of the island, a commercial centre for minerals, sugarcane and cigar factories.



The city has mostly Colonial style architecture with narrow streets.  Despite poor illumination during the night, the city is safe to walk around at night, remarkably warm and friendly.



Since 1998, Santa Clara has drawn the interest of foreign visitors as the venue of two.  The burial of the remains of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Pope John Paul II`s visit the city in January 22, 1998.



Monument of Che at the Plaza de la Revolucion Ernesto Guevara, with a huge bronze statue of Che Guevara. 



The remains of Che Guevara and his comrades who fell in Bolivia have been interred at this site; the mausoleum is open for the public.



Under the monument is a museum, “Moseo Historico de la Revolucion” with good displays about Che`s life and role in the revolution.  Each year the museum has about 170000 visitors.  Do visit the museum, it`s well worth.



Also a very interesting place is site of the last battle of the Cuban revolution. 



Batista was on the point of sending an armoured train with military supplies and soldiers to Santiago de Cuba to counter attack of revolutionaries.



The capture of the train was the decisive factor in the triumph of the revolution.  The train is now a major tourist attraction.



As you see in my photos, I were well dressed to visit the city of Che Guevara.



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Bronze statue of Che Guevara.
Bronze statue of Che Guevara.
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