Barbados Martyrs Memorial Museum Lucas Ortiz No.344 e/ Teniente Peisso y Mártires de Barbados, Las Tunas

Founded in 1978 in which was the former house of the olympic sportsman Carlos Leyva, this monument is raised to honour the victims of the well-known Barbados Crime, which took place the 6th October 1976. In this air terrorist act died 73 people, among them the fencers Carlos Miguel Leyva González and Leonardo Mckenzie Grant. The museum is divided in three rooms destined to different exhibitions. The first one is dedicated to remember the crime, show photographies, proofs and other elements which assert the cruelty and truthness of the attack. The second one exhibits personal objects of the fencers, while the third one is focused on the exhibition of motifs related with their professional lives and also the ones of other sports delegation members who also passed away on the plane; just as their performance in the IV Centroamerican and Caribbean Championship, pre-matching meeting from where they were returning the day of the attack.

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La Loma Fort (Salcedo Castle) Avenida Libertad. Puerto Padre, Las Tunas

La Loma Fort or the Salcedo Castle present an uncommon architecture in Latin America which constitutes, at the same time, one of the most important historical monuments in Puerto Padre and the whole province of Las Tunas. The antique and preserved military building, being raised by Spanish engineers in two stages around the late XIX century. The fort was raised in a strategic place, where its height allowed to look after the bay and the whole Northern population, while the South was custody by the nearby crops and fields. The building acquired an important role since the beginnings of the Independence War in 1868. After the end of the war, the fortress was abandoned until 1895, when the Spaniards began their reconstruction due to the new war uprising. Almost a century later, the 4th November 1981, La Loma Fort has been declared National Monument by the Ministry of Culture Heritage National Direction of Heritage, bringing justice this way to the long history of the building. By the end of the 90s its restoration was finished, being opened to the public as a museum in December 1999.

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Mayor General Vicente García Provincial Museum Calle Francisco Varona e/ calle Vicente García y calle Colón. Las Tunas

This antique colonial blue house is , for many, the most important building in the city. This building imposes itself majestically with its eclectic style and architectonic hierarchy in the historical center of the city of Las Tunas. Also known as the blue building, was in its beginning a colonial mansion of mister Enrique Rosende. After the Independence War it worked as Telegraph Headquarters until it burned with the rest of the city in 1897. Years later, in 1921, the building was restored to work as City Hall or Municipal Palace until the middle of the 20th century. After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, it housed several government and teaching institutions, until the 80s when it was opened as Las Tunas Provincial Museum and, It has the name of one of the most important Generals who was part in the Ten Years’ War.  One of the main social aims of this monument is the rescue, investigation and exhibition of the cultural heritage of the city and for that, different rooms have been prepared to host permanent and a temporary exhibitions, which show the history, science and culture of the Tunero community.

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Martiana Square Francisco Varona, e/ Colon y JoaquinAguero, Las Tunas

The beautiful original square dedicate to the National Hero José Martí is one of the must-visit places for the tourists who choose Las Tunas as destination. This distinctive square in the old town of the City of Las Tunas was designed by architect Domingo Alas Rosell and it is the perfect result of a project of Solar Architecture where it is mixed and combine the Astronomy and the History. Shadows from the sundial mark significant dates in José Martí’s history, culminating with a sunbeam that lights up the bronze statue’s face at 2:30 p.m. on May 19, commemorating the moment Martí died in battle at Dos Ríos. A light effect is inspired in the verses of the poet: ‘Do not put me in the dark, to die as a traitor, I am good and as good, I will die facing the Sun’

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Puerto Padre Puerto Padre, Las Tunas

Puerto Padre is a portuary city Northern from Las Tunas, nationally known as ‘Blue Village’ or ‘Mills Blue Village’. It is a place with a long interesting history, since it seems to be the first Cuban port where Christopher Columbus landed. Puerto Padre was the first free port in Cuba in the Independence War and counts with the Central Antonio Guiteras, the most important raw sugar producer in the country. Related to its heritage, the municipality has an important valuable collection of aboriginal pieces which denote the material and spiritual culture of this ancestral people. Equally, among the most outstanding monuments in the area, you will find two buildings with special meaning which are currently working as museums: the Salcedo Castle or Loma Fort Museum and the Fernando García Grave de Peralta Municipal Museum. Furthermore, on your walks through the city you will find interesting sculptures. This beautiful city is surrounded by virgin and exotic beaches as la Llanita, La Boca and La Herradura, tiny paradises far away from the civilization where you can relax and enjoy white sands and crystalline waters.

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