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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Complejo Monumental Ernesto Che Guevara

The other monument to Che Guevara is located in southwestern Santa Clara.

 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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