A Homage to Che Guevara
In Santa Clara City, in the centre of Cuba, stands the architectural complex that houses the remains of an exceptional man, one who fought for Cuba and other Latin American countries’ independence: Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, internationally known as Che.
Since October 17th, 1997, Che Guevara is buried here, as many of his Bolivian guerrilla’s comrades. The Memorial, located on Avenida de los Desfiles, between Danielito and Circunvalación, has huge historical meaning for Cubans, and it opens to guided tours from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The complex is completed by the square and the tribune, designed by architect Jorge Cao Campos and sculptor José de Lázaro Bencomo (Delarra); the museum, where you can see personal items of the Argentinean-Cuban doctor, and the Mausoleo Frente de Las Villas, where other combatants who fought for Cuba’s independence and against Fulgencio Batista’s government, rest for ever.
This is a place of constant homage and solemnity, visited every day by hundreds of people coming from Germany, USA, Canada, England, among other nations, all of them interested in appreciating this place, where a respectable part of Cuba’s historical legacy is very well preserved.
Original text by Yariel Valdés González
Translation by Javier Roque