Havana celebrates its 490th anniversary


More than 2,500 habaneros visited museums and cultural sites in Havana’s historical center during ht last weeks of July as part of the “Rutas y Andares” Project, which commemorates the 490th anniversary of the founding of San Cristobal de La Habana and the half a century of Casa de las Americas. One of the highlights of the celebration has been the Ruta del Bicentenario (Route of the Bicentennial), which takes participants to the Havana houses of Simón Bolívar, Benito Juárez and Guayasamin and to the museum of the city. Special exhibits were organized by the Museum of Natural History, the Aquarium and the Alexander von Humboldt House, where the German naturalist lived and made his first studies of botany and zoology of the Island. Another popular attraction has been the space “Havana, 490 years in the imaginary of the creators” space, which has organized poetry readings and panels dedicated to environmental writing by writers like Leonardo Padura, Anton Arrufat and Julio Travieso. The city has also organized architectural tours and other walks that highlight Havana’s culture, arts, and literature.

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