Overlooking the City of Santa Clara
The Che Guevara Mausoleum in Cuba is undoubtedly a site of great importance for anyone interested in the Cuban revolution. Located atop a hill on the edge of the Cuban city of Santa Clara the complex can be seen from miles around.
The most visually dominant sight in the complex itself is the 22 foot bronze statue of the Marxist revolutionary. The statue surveys the area and at it’s base there is a plinth inscribed with the famous words of Che, Hasta la victoria.
Che Guevara and 29 of his Fellow Fighters
The site also has an superb museum which showcases photos, weapons, letters and medical equipment from the 50s and 60s. And beneath lies the mausoleum which contains the remains of Che Guevara along with 29 other fellow fighters, all of whom were killed in Bolivia in 1967.
The remains of Che were moved by the Cubans on the 17th of October 1997 and in a ceremony to mark the event Fidel Castro lit a flame at the entrance to the mausoleum in memory of those who had died fighting for their cause.
Three Architects and Two Sculptures along with 500,000 Local Residents
The complex was initially built in 1987, twenty years on from the anniversary of the death of Che Guevara. The city was chosen as the site for the memorial because of it’s importance in the final days of the revolution and in particular because of the pivotal role Che played in the battle.
The construction project involved three architects and two sculptures along with 500,000 local residents who donated around 400,000 hours of symbolic voluntary labour to honour the memory of the great man.
A number of important stories from his life can be seen throughout the site. and the statue itself symbolically faces South America, the place of his birth and is a reflection of his ambition for political unity within Latin America.
[one_half]Opening Hours: Tue to Sat: 9am to 5:30pm. Sun: 9am to 5pm[/one_half][one_half_last]Address: Av de los Desfiles, Santa Clara. 2/3 hours by bus from Havana[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Price: Free[/one_half][one_half_last]Website: n/a[/one_half_last]