On May 5, 2017, the Council of Ministers of Spain approved a Royal Decree through which King Philip VI has granted the official historian of Havana―Eusebio Leal Spengler―the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic [Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica], one of the most important distinctions granted by Spain.
According to the Official State Bulletin [Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE)], the distinction was conferred by the King to Leal, on the recommendation of Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dastis.
The Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic—instituted by Ferdinand VII in 1815—recognizes “extraordinary behavior of a civil character, carried out by Spanish and foreign persons, which benefit the nation or contribute to the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation with the international community.”
Eusebio Leal (1942), who holds a PhD in Historical Sciences and a MS in Archaeological Sciences, has been the main architect of the restoration works of the historical center of Havana in recent decades, which has earned him the esteem of many Cubans [. . .] who recognize the reconstruction of Old Havana and his incalculable love for the capital.
An intellectual, essayist, and researcher, Eusebio Leal has received many awards from institutions in Europe and Latin America.
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