Havana celebrates 500 years of foundation

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BBC News presents a beautiful photo gallery of iconic spots in Havana, as the city celebrates 500 years of its foundation—the anniversary was on November 16. The series includes photos of the Havana Cathedral (Catedral de San Cristóbal), Paseo del Prado, El Capitolio, Gran Teatro de La Habana, Hotel Nacional, Edificio Bacardi, and the seaside Malecón, as well as other buildings that, even when showing deterioration, maintain their architectural character. BBC News explains:

Cuba’s capital, Havana, is one of Latin America’s architectural treasures, boasting a fascinating mix of colonial, Baroque and Art Deco styles. Many of its jewels have suffered from decades of deterioration but, slowly, complex renovation works are bringing some of them back to life. As the city celebrates 500 years of its foundation on 16 November, here is a look at some of its most famous buildings and sights.

[. . .] “Havana luckily conserved its valuable architectural patrimony, unlike other Latin American cities that lost a good part of their historic centres’ patrimony due to real estate development,” Gina Rey, a Cuban urban planning specialist, told Reuters news agency. “But paradoxically this patrimony is very deteriorated, and [renovation] efforts haven’t been enough so far.” [. . .]

[Photo above by FRÉDÉRIC SOLTAN/GETTY.]

For full photo-gallery, see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50322553.

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