The Restoration of Havana

Photo Feature by Elio Delgado

HAVANA TIMES, July 24 — Havana’s historic district, declared by UNESCO as a cultural patrimony of humanity, is changing its appearance and being admired by all types of visitors, nationals as well as foreigners. They have the chance to see the conservation and restoration work being carried out by the city’s Office of the Historian.

The restoration of Old Havana has the merit of being performed without stopping the day-to-day life in this densely inhabited community. In fact, numerous cultural institutions have come to life as a result of the restoration.

Official backing for this massive effort came with approval by the Council of State back in 1993. This recognized Old Havana as an area prioritized for conservation.

Outside the perimeter of the old city, there have also been numerous restoration activities, such as the reconstruction of Havana’s Malecon seawall and many of the buildings facing that emblematic structure.

As a sample, this photo feature covers only a small part of the work being carried out by the Havana Historian’s Office in the restoration of this centuries-old settlement.

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