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The Havana City Historians Office received the international Reina Sofía award for cultural patrimony conservation and restoration in the category of material patrimony. It will be presented by Her Majesty the Queen on December 19 in Madrid.

In a press conference, Havana historian Dr. Eusebio Leal said that the prize was awarded for the Old Havana Rehabilitation project. He highlighted the prestige of the award that on an Ibero-American and world level supports projects for the preservation of cultural heritage.

Leal said the work being undertaken to conserve Havanas patrimony is a fundamentally social effort that, while not being perfect, «expresses the best of our society.»

Three months earlier, Leal was the sole winner among a long list of candidates for the 2007 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor.

(Juventud Rebelde)

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