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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. Make Moncada Barracks a centerpiece of your Santiago de Cuba vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary planner.
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  • Moncada Barracks where feel and breathe the true story of the Revolucion, a place that leaves a mark when visiting the neighborhood where he was arrested Fidel
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  • This is a place of special significance for the Santiago and Cubans in general. First Barracks converted into school after the triumph of the Cuban revolution. In the tour of the place you have before your eyes a museum that has frozen in time the essence of his story. There are still walls traces of bullets from the confrontation of that July 26, although not marked victory, was decisive in the fight against tyranny. It is also a school, where you can see the Cuban pioneers teaching. I hope you enjoy it.
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  • We visited the Moncada Barracks and found an interesting contrast of history. Moncada Barracks was the scene of a 1953 failed attack by Castro and his revolutionaries. The bullet pocked façade has bee...  more »
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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.
  • Fidel's failed attack on Moncada Barracks on July 26th 1953. So called Movimiento 26 Julio or M 26-7.
  • Good quality museum by Cuban standards, but don't bother if you can't read Spanish.
  • Fascinating displays and history
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