National Museum of the Fight Against Bandits Museums, Trinidad. Cuba
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- Calle Simon Bolivar # 423, , Trinidad. Cuba
- Destination: Trinidad
- Open: Daily
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Placed since 1984 in the building known as the San Francisco de Asís Convent, whose tower is the symbol of the city and its highest viewpoint. Inside the museum is exhibited the history of the people's history against counterrevolution, particularly hard between 1959 and 1965 in the mountains around the city.
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National Museum of the Fight Against Bandits is located in Trinidad
As if it were stagnant in time, Trinidad gives the visitor the extraordinary charms of a vivacious museum-city embedded between the sea and the mountain. Trinidad comprises an area of 1 165Km2 and it is located to the center-south of Cuba, facing the Caribbean Sea, in the mountainous skirts of Guamuahaya or Escambray Mountains, belonging to the province of Sancti Spíritus. You can get there by roads that connect it with the rest of the country, and it has an airport for small and medium size airplanes.
Proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO in 1988, the old Villa de la Santísima Trinidad founded in the 16th century shows togeher with its multiple architectural values, a wealth of traditions and cultures where Hispanic and African traits are combined. A culture of craftsmanship and ceramics has been transmitted notably from generation to generation. In this area the gentle atmosphere of small cities reigns, where the creative capacity and their residents' wisdom have contributed to preserve from the past their most important values.
Together with historical and cultural values of the territory, the attractiveness of the mountainous Escambray area, its beaches and the beauties of its sea bottoms, as well as its people's hospitality, are the particular features of this city. Trinidad is one of those cities that invites you to travel all around them. Its museums, squares and stone-paved streets make it possible to go back in time. Once in the territory you are invited to know the symbolic Manaca- Iznaga Tower, from where you can see the Valley of the Sugar Mills; Ancón and María Aguilar beaches, Caburní Waterfall, the Cave of the Skulls and Zaza Lake, host of periodic trout fishing tournaments. To visit its nearby keys among which Key Blanco of Casilda stands out are of great interest for those who are keen in the art of deep diving.
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Museum of the Struggle Against Bandits
It provides you with comprehensive information about the combats conducted by the National Revolutionary Militia during the 60’s against counterrevolutionary bands. History about the struggle against bandits. Documents and testimonies about the struggle against bandits. Weapons used in such struggle.
This quaintly-named museum becomes even more quaint when you realise that the 'bandidos' were in fact the CIA-sponsored counter-revolutionaries who definitely weren't in favour of communism. Housed in a rebuilt church and convent, (another quaintness), it contains weapons, photos, belongings of the revolutionary warriors, maps and other paraphernalia, including part of a shot-down US spy plane. For some excellent town views, be sure to climb the tower.
Visible from all across town is the bell tower of this former convent. This tall and highly distinctive landmark is actually the only surviving part of the 18th-century building, although the reconstruction was to the original design. The structure now houses yet another museum celebrating the defeat of the counterrevolutionary forces.
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