The Camilo Cienfuegos National Museum in the Yaguajay municipality of Sancti Spiritus province, some 380 kilometers from Havana, is one of the centers that treasures the history of one of Cuba’s most important men in the twentieth century.

Inaugurated in 1989, the complex comprises a sculptural ensemble with the representation of artist Thelvia Marín del “Señor de la Vanguardia”, as well as the Cuban hero, a museum that exhibits dissimilar objects from the insurrectional period from 1952 to 1959 and the Mausoleum of the Northern Front of Las Villas where the eternal flame burns.

Welcome the newcomer with a statue of Camilo Cienfuegos wearing the Alon hat that would distinguish him since his arrival to the Rebel Army. The bronze image is five meters high and its head is tilted towards an old barracks and in front of the city that symbolizes its eternal presence in this place and in the work of the Revolution.

Also the visitor will find in the museum, located inside the sculptural ensemble, a collection with more than 500 pieces with documents, clothing accessories, firearms, original photo collection and a film archive that testifies to the presence of Camilo Cienfuegos in the territory.

Another attraction of the place is the personal clothing of the Hero, where travelers will be able to observe a small rifle, the only toy rescued from childhood, a Thompson machine gun used in the battle of Yaguajay and his field suit.

In addition, lovers of tourism with historical characteristics will find that the site preserves the mummified horse in which he led, from the city of spirituana to Havana a cavalry of peasants who attended the first act for July 26 after the triumph of 1959.

At the back of the complex, the Mausoleum comprises more than 10 hectares of land and 180 niches with the inscriptions of fighters of liberation struggles. Among the tombs, a red marble lid and bronze representations of the sea, a flower and the cap dedicated to Camilo are outstanding.

Around 27 royal palms, Cuba’s national tree, represent the age at which the hero died when he disappeared due to the decline of his plane to the sea in 1959.

by: Elizabeth Colombe Frias