Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Santa Clara

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Learn about the Cuban Revolution at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a national monument, museum, and memorial garden. The site centers around an armored train that President Batista sent to Santa Clara in 1958 in an attempt to change the outcome of the war. Carrying 373 armed soldiers, ammunition, and two month's worth of provisions, the train was attacked by 18 guerrillas under the command of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The officers surrendered after Guevara bulldozed a portion of the track. The train carriages make up the museum rooms, displaying photographs and artifacts. Tour the memorial garden to see an obelisk dedicated to Guevara, and the bulldozer he used to orchestrate this victory against the odds. Use our Santa Clara trip planner to arrange your visit to Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado and other attractions in Santa Clara.
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  • Maybe it depends what tour company you are with but I had no experience of being stopped from entering any of the carriage museums. We arrived, our guide showed the group coupon, and we were free to....  more »
  • This is a “must-see” if you’re in Cuba and have even the slightest interest in Che and the revolution that overthrew Batista and brought Fidel to power. With a force of just around 300 rebels Che...  more »
  • The location is special, where the historical event ocurred, and the sculptures give a great context to the wagons. There is textand objects inside telling what happened on that critical day of the Revolution.
  • Open-air museum, mainly populated with photos of the time, which unfolds the heroic story of the armored train take-over, during the Santa Clara battle...
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