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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  • Open-air monument to a decisive action which was the turning point of the Cuban Revolution. Quite interesting!  more »
  • It is a piece of living history of the Cuban revolution. The visit to the armored train is impossible to do. You can still see the bullet impacts and under cars as the wood floor made vulnerable to the train you can see and so it looks like this burning.
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  • Santa Clara wasn't actually on my itinerary, but then I actually just wanted to the "mausoleum of Che" and have this monument in the travel guide by the way read and then started to find, not very spectacular, but steeped in history.
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