Take a Trip to the Past in Santiago de Cuba
Published: 02 May 2015
Santiago de Cuba is considered to be the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution. It was here that the victory of the revolution was proclaimed, and is the most important city after Havana in Cuba. Whether you’re a history buff or just a curious traveller, it is impossible to not be intrigued by the Revolution when you’re travelling to Cuba. Here are some fascinating sites and interesting museums in the city that pay homage to this famous movement that you must visit during your Cuba holidays in 2015.
Cuartel Moncada (Museo Historico 26 de Julio):
On July 26th, 1953, rebel forces attacked these military barracks right in the midst of carnival celebrations. The purpose of this attack, led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevera was to seize weapons to be used for revolutionary activities. Even though the attack failed, it was a monumental event that many believe marked the beginning of the Revolution. The historic site of the attack has now been converted into a museum where various exhibits help you dive deep into the fascinating history of the country. A special highlight of a visit to this museum, and one of recommended things to do in Cuba, is spotting the bullet holes that were formed during the historic attack of the 26th of July.
Plaza de la Revolucion & Museo Holografia:
Historically playing host to a number of important events such as famous protests, speeches delivered by Fidel Castro and the celebration of Mass by the Pope in 1988, the Plaza de la Revolucion is one of the top places to visit in Cuba. Today, this large square is home to an impressive monument dedicated to General Antonio Maceo, a 19th century war hero, which was erected in the 1990s. The structure, which comprises of the General on horseback surrounded by intimidating machetes with serrated blades rising from the ground, makes for a dramatic sight. It was designed by a local artist called Alberto Lezcay. Here, you must visit the Museo Holografia that displays holograms of images depicting the Cuban Revolution as well as those of General Maceo.
Museo de la Lucha Clandestina:
This wonderful museum called Museo de la Lucha Clandestina or the Museum of the Clandestine Struggle depicts the history of the movement against the Batista regime led by Frank Pais. The beautiful yellow building that houses the museum used to be the old police headquarters, and in 1956 was set on fire by Pais along with other revolutionaries. Don’t worry about having to be thankful for your Cuba travel insurance when you visit here though. Today the structure has been restored and boasts of an exquisitely scenic courtyard and offers amazing views of the city from its balcony. This is an important museum to visit in Santiago de Cuba during your Cuba holiday packages because it recounts the role the people of Santiago de Cuba played in the mighty revolution.
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