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Santa Clara is home to a mausoleum in which the remains of Che Guevara and six of his fellow combatants are located. The complete area features a 6.7 meter (22 foot) bronze statue of Che and is referred to locally as the Ernesto Guevara Sculptural Complex. Che Guevara was buried with full military honors on 17 October 1997 after his exhumed remains were discovered in Bolivia and returned to the land in which he remains a national hero of almost […]
Parque del Carmen is a colonial era plaza hosting a small park centered by Saint Carmen's Church, a colonial structure which originally also included the city’s first school. At the entrance, there is a gray marble monument surrounding a Tamarind tree indicating the foundation of Santa Clara. Each pillar supporting the bar represents the 7 families who moved to the site in 1689 from the town of Remedios near the north coast. Next to the city's historical foundation site is […]
A true visual delight in Santa Clara city center is the fully functioning Marta Abreu Train Station. Operated by the Cuban state company Ferrocarriles de Cuba (FFCC) it is located in front of Parque de los Martires. Due to its geographically central location in Cuba, it is one of the most important railway stations on the island and, along with Havana Central Station, Santiago and Camaguey it is the rail network’s main divisional headquarter. Inaugurated in 1860 as part of […]
Santa Clara was officially founded on July 15, 1689 by just 175 people. Two large families represented 138 of the fledgling town's population. These families had already been living in the area and, consequently, were already owners of land next to the new city. The remaining 37 came from 7 different families, a priest and a governor. All of this final group originated from the coastal city of San Juan de los Remedios and is madeup frompredominantly people who had […]
Santa Clara certainly has a tumultuous past, being the site of the final decisive battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. It was also the base for two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Cuba's fallen hero Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by General Camilo Cienfuegos. Prior to these recent events Santa Clara was a hotbed for corsairs and pirates with the adjoining city of Remedios being under constant attack. In fact the initial […]