A visit to San Juan y Martinez, tobacco mecca in Vueltabajo, will not be completed if, before leaving, the traveler does not travel to the Saiz´s house.

What does this small house have that seduces the walker? The house, built in 1948, was the site where the brothers Luis and Sergio Saíz Montes de Oca developed their intellectual and political concerns. In their short life, the young men developed an intense revolutionary activity.

Murdered in 1957, they could not see their dreams come true, but their home was kept as it was at the time of their departure, to keep alive the memory of the boys.

Converted into a museum, the house shows the public the personal objects of the young men and has become a place of reference for scholars and lovers of Cuban history.

In May 1996, it was declared a National Monument, just recognition of the systematic work of the installation for protecting, preserving and disseminating the life and work of the Saiz brothers.

Among the main activities of the museum are guided tours, visits to historical sites of San Juan associated with the life of the young men and other activities of cultural animation. The center is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays between 8.00 a.m. and 12:00 m.

For decades, the House Museum has preserved and disseminated the personality of Luis and Sergio. Visitors from all over the world come to the area to learn more about the life and work of these young men, symbols of the rebellion of a whole town.

For visit: Martí Street # 41, between Libertad and Isabel Rubio Street. San Juan y Martinez. Pinar del Río, Cuba (“22.41513, -83.69434”). Phone: (+53) 48 798186. Open daily.

by: Victor Manuel Blanco