Museo de la Lucha Contra Los Bandidos
Rising northwest of Plaza Mayor is the campanile of the Antiguo Convento de San Francisco de Asís. The torre (tower) and church are all that remain of the original convent, replaced by a baroque structure now housing the Museo de la Lucha Contra Los Bandidos (Museum of the Fight Against Outlaws, Calle Echerrí #59, esq. Pino Guinart, tel. 041/99-4121, Tues.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., CUC1), which traces the campaign against the counterrevolutionary guerrillas (called “bandits” by the Castro government) in the Sierra Escambray in the years following the Revolution.
There are maps, photographs, a CIA radio transmitter, a small gunboat the CIA donated to the counter-Castro cause, plus parts of the U-2 spy plane shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ascend the bell tower for views over the city.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition