Moncada Barracks, Santiago de Cuba

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Visit the site of the beginning of Cuba’s most important historical movement when you head to Moncada Barracks. The barracks was the site of Fidel Castro’s July 26th assault, which he later named his revolution. The attack led to Castro’s imprisonment. Having been converted to a school after the revolution, visitors must now visit around the schedule of classes. Take a guided tour of the barracks to learn about the attack before heading to the small museum. The artifacts in the museum are labelled with Spanish labels and descriptors. With our international travel planner, Santiago de Cuba attractions like Moncada Barracks can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Walkabout of Moncada Barracks where Fidel Castro and fifty others first tried to bring down the Batista government...July 26, 1953. Bullet holes still apparent. Castro was captured, tried and jailed.....  more »
  • Well done tour. With history of Cuban history hardly covered in US schools, this was great history lesson. While the Soviet involvement in Cuba was a problematic issue, this story shows the start of C...  more »
  • the bullet holes in the facade of fields group "lovingly" get inside the usual souvenirs, bloodstained uniforms, weapons and lots of photos...
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  • Fantastic ! I visited it twice. The first time I went through without a guide, the second time, more slowly with an English speaking guide. A very knowledgeable lady who knew so much about the History. Really worthwhile to have a guide and on e of the highlights of my trip.
  • Another beautiful historical place in Cuba
  • Fidel's failed attack on Moncada Barracks on July 26th 1953. So called Movimiento 26 Julio or M 26-7.
  • Smells of dead corpses
  • Bunch of bulletholes in an old building.

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