The large concrete square is reminiscent of the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana.
The monument. inaugurated in 1988, has 4 monoliths.
The tallest has a statue of Che dressed in his usual military garb, rifle in hand.
At the base of the statue, "haste la victoria siempre" again.
Next to the statue is a mural with the symbolic events of his life.
Underneath the monument is a museum and mausoleum. There's no admission fee. The sign said that the museum opened at 9 am but it was open at 8 am. We weren't sure if it opened early because there was a school group waiting to enter. '
We had to wait until 8:15 am when the Luggage Storage room was opened so we could leave our cameras and cell phones--nothing allowed in the museum and mausoleum. The museum is tiny but has photos taken by Che himself. There are personal items from his life, including a report card. He was not a great student, although he did excel in History.
The mausoleum was solemn--a dimly lit room with an eternal flame marking the site where Che is buried.
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