Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Santa Clara

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Learn about the Cuban Revolution at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a national monument, museum, and memorial garden. The site centers around an armored train that President Batista sent to Santa Clara in 1958 in an attempt to change the outcome of the war. Carrying 373 armed soldiers, ammunition, and two month's worth of provisions, the train was attacked by 18 guerrillas under the command of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The officers surrendered after Guevara bulldozed a portion of the track. The train carriages make up the museum rooms, displaying photographs and artifacts. Tour the memorial garden to see an obelisk dedicated to Guevara, and the bulldozer he used to orchestrate this victory against the odds. To visit Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado on your holiday in Santa Clara, and find out what else Santa Clara has to offer, use our Santa Clara vacation route planner.
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  • Area where Che was derailed an armored train. The place does not give much, it is a 10/15 minute visit, but unless you learn something more about the Cuban revolution and the figure of Che.
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  • Outdoor museum that commemorates a military operation led by Che who derailed a train of ammunition from Batista's army.
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  • the events are well described, and it ads to the feel that you are at the spot where history was written. Actually quite interesting mix of old museum pieces, historical photos and documents + reincar...  more »

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