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Cuban architecture

Santa Clara City

Santa Clara Che Guevara Monument Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is located in the most central region of the province and almost in the most central region of the country. Is a city located  3 hours from Havana through the National Highway.  Santa Clara was founded in 1689 from the village Cubanacan, of ancient Indian. The city has mostly Colonial style architecture with narrow streets remarkably warm and friendly.

Santa Clara City

Santa Clara, is known as the city of Che Guevara. It was here where the legendary guerrilla commander Ernesto Guevara fought the battle that prompted the Rebel Army’s victory over the Fulgenico Batista’s regime. Santa Clara is home to a mausoleum which houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign. There is also a reconstruction of Guevara derailing the train during the Battle of Santa Clara.  Since 1998, Santa Clara has drawn the interest of foreign visitors ‘cause of burial of the remains of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Parque Vidal is probably one of the most typical places in Cuba. During the afternoons, people (specially singles) visit the park to meet others. Although not widely practiced in recent times, the custom was to walk the park around and around. The women walk the inner part of the park, while the men walk the outer side. Another lost custom was for the locals to set up a platform and offer improvisations with their guitars on late Sunday afternoons. For that day they dressed with their Guayaberas and highly polished shoes.

The position of the city, almost in the very center of the country, made it as a perfect halt and a great communication link, east-west and north-south, creating a slow but unstoppable growth.

Places to go:

  • Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial
  • Tren Blindado Monument (Armored Train), National Monument of Cuba
  • Leoncio Vidal Park
  • Parque del Carmen (Carmen’s Park)– City’s Foundation Site.
  • Parque de los Martires (Martyrs Park).
  • Parque de la Pastora (Our Lady Shepherdess Park).
  • Parque de la Justicia (Justice’s Park).
  • Santa Clara def Asis Cathedral
  • Boulevard 1889.
  • Cultural Centre “El Mejunje”
  • Loma del Capiro, hill overlooking the city
  • University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas is the province’s secondary education institution

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