Parque del Carmen Santa Clara Cuba


Parque del Carmen is a colonial era plaza hosting a small park centered by Saint Carmen’s Church, a colonial structure which originally also included the city’s first school. At the entrance, there is a gray marble monument surrounding a Tamarind tree indicating the foundation of Santa Clara. Each pillar supporting the bar represents the 7 families who moved to the site in 1689 from the town of Remedios near the north coast.

Next to the city’s historical foundation site is another monument which honors Captain Roberto Rodriguez, alias “El Vaquerito” or little cowboy who was a young soldier who died in the Battle of Santa Clara. It is said that when revolutionary leader Che Guevara learned of his death he proclaimed “Today it is like I have lost 300 men”.