Moncada Barracks Santiago de Cuba If there's any place in Cuba with significant importance in the country's recent history, it has to be the Moncada Barracks. The Moncada Barracks were an important military stronghold for the Batista government in Santiago de Cuba and, a†historic site†which marked the start of the Cuban revolution. On July 26, 1953, the Moncada Barracks became the site of the now infamous armed attack by a small group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro and his now president, brother, Raul Castro. This historic attack is now accepted as being the very start of the Cuban Revolution. Despite the ultimate failure of the coup at Moncada Barracks it still remains as the first stone laid in the short progress of Fidel and his troops to overthrowing Batista and ultimately taking control of the nation. While some of the exhibits are a quite gruesome, especially those pertaining to alleged torture of the revolutionaries, it still seems to accurately reflect what happened. Still featuring the original bullet holes and shell marker kings on the exterior walls, the building looks and feels like the attack took place last week and not over 50 years ago. Click to see more Santiago de Cuba Museums or other [...]
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Many visitors to Cuba are overwhelmed at just how unauthentic places like Varadero have become. Almost completely devoid of that Cubaness you went to Cuba in the first place to experience. Rancho Luna Beach in Cienfuegos is however different, since it seems to encapsulate this whole†cubaism we all search in Cuba, in one small stretch of sand. It's very local, not too touristic and this shows because young Cuban mothers are bathing their children here and, old Cubans are reading [...]
If you only visit one war museum in Cuba, just five blocks northwest of the Parque Marti is the ornate pink building containing the Naval museum of Cienfuegos. Dating back to 1933 the Museo Historico Naval Nacional in Cienfuegos is probably the most interesting but overlooked of museums in Cuba. It’s based in the former headquarters of the southern naval command center; it is approached by a wide driveway, flanked with armaments dating from different eras. From the outside it [...]
Plagued by bandits, buccaneers and pirates, Spanish king Philip V decided to build a fortress in Cienfuegos to protect the entrance to the city's bay in the 1740s. It was originally called the Castillo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Jagua due to the name of the location known as Jagua, just outside the city. The Jagua Fortress or in Spanish Castillo de Jagua. It was declared a National Monument on October 10, 1978 and opened as a museum [...]
The Historic Centre of Cienfuegos is located in the city of Cienfuegos and cover the small area of the downtown area of the city. Its historical importance was recognized by UNESCO in 2005 when it was declared a World Heritage Site. The epic Cathedral of Cienfuegos and miniature Arch of Triumph give visitors some idea just how much money was flowing through Cienfuegos in the 18 and 19th centuries, either due to the sugar trade, slave trade or both. The [...]
The Valle Palace is located in the Punta Gorda area of Cienfuegos, just a few minutes outside the downtown area. Easily one of the true architectural jewels of Cienfuegos it displays a myriad of influences from Gothic to Romanesque, Baroque to Italianate tendencies, and all mish massed into one building. From all angles the building is truly breathtaking. Today the Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos is used for cultural events. It also features a rather good seafood restaurant with a bar. [...]