Top 3 attractions relating to the Cuban Revolution

Jose Marti Memorial ©

Cuba is a perfect holiday destination. There are numerous beaches, colonial towns, natural attractions and other points of interest which attract thousands of visitors each year. If you are interested in other sort of attractions, such as those relating to the Cuban Revolution, this article is the right source of information for you!

The revolution was actually an armed revolt which was conducted by Fidel Castro and its allies in the 26th of July Movement against the regime of Batista, the actual dictator. As a result, Batista was ousted on the 1st of January 1959 and his regime was replaced with Castro’s government. His government became later, in 1965, the actual Communist Party of Cuba. If you would like to visit the top 3 attractions relating to the Cuban Revolution, read on and find out which are these.

The Plaza de la Revolutión in Havana

The square was dedicated to the Cuban Revolution. It was finished in 1959, the year when Castro won and came to power. Therefore, the original name of the square, Plaza Cívica was replaced with “Plaza de la Revolutión”. The square is on of the largest on the world, including important memorials and buildings, such as the José Martí Memorial, the National Library, the National Theatre of Cuba and other buildings. The José Martí Memorial dominates the square with its 109 m tower and about 18 m tall statue. The square is an important landmark of Havana and also a major tourist attraction of the city.

Jose Marti Memorial ©

The Moncada Barracks

An important location of the Cuban Revolution was the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. These were military barracks which are considered the site of the first attack of Fidel Castro and a few revolutionaries. The barracks were attacked on the 26th of July, 1953, the date which was adopted as the name of the revolution. The barracks were named after a hero of the revolution, General Guillermón Moncada. Today, a part of the building houses the 26th of July Historical Museum. It is a very popular tourist attraction for those who would like to find out more about the Cuban Revolution.

Moncada Barracks ©Mark Scott Johnson/Flickr

Che Guevara Memorial at Santa Clara

As the Moncada Barracks were the site of the first attack led by Fidel Castro, Santa Clara was the location of the revolution’s last battle, in 1958. There were two groups which attacked the city, one led by Camilo Cienfuegos, the other by Ernesto Che Guevara. They succeeded to capture the city. The victory was very important, leading to Batista’s runaway. The city is well-known for housing the mausoleum of Che Guevara situated on a hilltop which overlooks the city. The memorial attracts thousands of tourists, being one of the most important landmarks of Santa Clara.

Che Guevara Memorial ©hellosputnik/Flickr

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