During a recent trip to Cuba, I saw images of Che Guevara everywhere — not just in tourist shops but in banks, stores, bakeries, pretty much wherever we turned. Never before have I seen such widespread veneration of a person who was neither a religious figure nor the paramount leader of a country. This blog collects examples of what we saw.
Near Plaza Vieja in Havana
A recording of Fidel Castro reading the famed “Carta del Che leída por Fidel” letter from Che Guevara (listen to it here). On display at the Museum of September 28th of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (Museo 28 Septiembre de los CDR), Calle Obispo, Havana.
Near Parque Vidal in Santa Clara, Cuba.
In an art gallery in Trinidad de Cuba.
Life-size figures of Che Guevara (right) and Camilo Cienfuegos at Museo de la Revolucion, Havana.
Banco Popular de Ahorro in Cienfuegos.
By the lookout tower on the Manaca Iznaga plantation.
A bakery in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Near Plaza de la Catedral in Havana.