Do not visit the Mausoleum of Che, is almost not having visited the city of Santa Clara. No matter if you are a history lover or not. It is a visit that goes beyond personal ideologies. It is rather an encounter with the homage of a people to a mythical character, almost a legend.
This is a unique monument of its kind. There, you will find the Plaza de la Revolucion with its Tribuna, the museum and memorial dedicated to Che Guevara and the mausoleum that holds his remains. This complex was designed by architect Jorge Cao Campos and sculptor José de Lázaro Bencomo (Delarra).
This square and the entire sculptural ensemble were founded in the 80s of last century to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Santa Clara commanded by Che. The bronze statue stands on a pedestal towering 16 meters of stones and marble. It has a height of 6.8 meters and weighs about 20 tons. At the base of the statue is written the famous phrase of farewell of Che Guevara: “Hasta la Victoria Siempre”.
The museum that shows the personal belongings of Che is under the statue. Visitors can see his clothes, letters, diaries, photographs and even some of the syringes used with their guerrilla comrades.
The Mausoleum where rest the remains of Che and his comrades is at the base of the monument. Santa Clara keeps them jealously. They were found in 1997, 30 years after his death, and then sent to Cuba. Since then, the memorial of Santa Clara became the mausoleum of Che and his comrades. The faces of all are modeled in clay on the wall.
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna is universally known as Che Guevara, or simply Che. Argentine by birth and Cuban by adoption, was a revolutionary fighter whose life, behavior and thought has become paradigm. During the war in Cuba he reached the rank of commander and he spread the war to the center of the island hastening the fall of the Batista dictatorship. Years later he went to join the revolutionary war in Bolivia. He was killed by CIA orders on October 9, 1967 in La Higuera, Bolivia.
For visit: Rafael Tristá & Carretera Central streets, Santa Clara (“22.40278, -79.97931”). Entrance daily.
By: Alberto Gonzalez & Leunam Rodriguez