The monument to the Assault to the Armored Train is inspired in one of the most famous attacks of the Ejército Rebelde (Rebel Army) in Santa Clara, led by the emblematic Commander Ernesto Che Guevara.
The cars of the train are placed so that they simulate to be in motion. Among other historic relics, the monument includes the original bulldozer that was used to raise the railroad tracks and thus cause the derailment, the assault and the consequent taking of men and ammunitions.
Nowadays, the cars hold permanent exhibitions that show, through photographs, objects and documents, what happened in the city of Santa Clara during those last days of 1958, prior to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. In one of them, in fact, you will get to know more about the route of the Invading Column No. 8, Ciro Redondo, from its arrival to the rolling hills of the former province of Las Villas till the end of the Battle of Santa Clara.
Visitors arrive to the monument from all over the world, interested in the figure of Che Guevara, and in his decisive role in the Cuban revolutionary struggle. Undoubtedly, it is an ideal place to know a little more about Cuban history, and also about one of the most paradigmatic figures of the 20th century.
Text by: Beatriz Ortega Chirino.
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez