Ernesto Che Guevara Monument in Santa Clara
The Che Guevara Monument confirms that El Che, the man ‘of the people’, as his moniker suggests, is no longer a person but an icon. With all manner of ideals attached, the bright murals and slogans painted throughout Santa Clara show Ernesto Guevara is revered as if a god. The town is the site of his greatest revolutionary glory and at this hagiographic museum and mausoleum, you’ll learn the great significance of Santa Clara to Guevara in the revolutionary war. It was here that Guevara and a small band of guerillas defeated government troop reinforcements by derailing an armoured train, causing President Batista to flee the country. This assured victory to Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries, who, in predicting the powerful cult of Che, a man as charismatic as Castro himself, encouraged him a few years later to continue the Marxist revolution elsewhere… Guevara died in Bolivia in 1966, his reputation mired by his penchant for violence, though in Santa Clara he remains unsullied. His body was recovered twenty years later and interred in Santa Clara, where the cult of Che lives on.