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A true visual delight in Santa Clara city center is the fully functioning Marta Abreu Train Station. Operated by the Cuban state company Ferrocarriles de Cuba (FFCC) it is located in front of Parque de los Martires. Due to its geographically central location in Cuba, it is one of the most important railway stations on the island and, along with Havana Central Station, Santiago and Camaguey it is the rail network’s main divisional headquarter. Inaugurated in 1860 as part of [...]
A perfect place to visit if you enjoy live music is Santa Clara's Parque Vidal but, make sure you ask for the specific day because it varies (but it is weekly) when the City's Philharmonic Band plays in the†center of it, at the Glorieta (gazebo) which was erected in 1911 and is still serving for public concerts. Parque Vidal is a park located in the geographical center of Santa Clara, Cuba, and covers an entire square block of the city. [...]
Santa Clara was officially founded on July 15, 1689 by just 175 people. Two large families represented 138 of the fledgling town's population. These families had already been living in the area and, consequently, were already owners of land next to the new city. The remaining 37 came from 7 different families, a priest and a governor. All of this final group originated from the coastal city of San Juan de los Remedios and is made†up from†predominantly people who had [...]
One of Santa Clara's most popular tourism venues has to be the Parque de los Martires or the Park of the Martyrs. Located only a few blocks from Parque del Carmen, in front of Santa Clara railway station it is within walking distance of the historical center of the city. Built in triangular form, its center piece is a shortened column, the only one in rural Cuba, it was erected in honor of those fighters who lost their lives in [...]
Santa Clara certainly has a tumultuous past, being the site of the final decisive battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. It was also the base for two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Cuba's fallen hero Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by General Camilo Cienfuegos. Prior to these recent events Santa Clara was a hotbed for corsairs and pirates with the adjoining city of Remedios being under constant attack. In fact the initial [...]