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La Botica Francesa of Matanzas, Cuba, Award as a National Monument
The institution, the only one in the world, won the high recognition due to its originality, state of preservation and accumulated history in 125 years of productive cultural life, according to Margarita Ruiz, president of the National Monument Commission.

The fact that this museum is located in the city of Matanzas that is not the capital city, shows the interest of the state in protecting its patrimony and its meaning in the identity as well as the belonging sense of the community, remarked Ruiz.

La Botica Francesa, located in the historical centre of the city of Matanzas, about 100 kilometers east from Havana, is a part of the neo classic and eclectic elegance and influence that characterizes the architecture of the city in the XIX and XX centuries.

This is stated in the statement made by the CNM that adds: "The first of May 1964, opened its doors as the first museum of its type in Latin America, keeping its integrity and after a rigorous and restoration and a meticulous preservation of its valuable collection.

La Botica was opened in 1882 by the Cuban Juan Figueroa and the French Ernesto Triolet, both Pharmacists doctors, and keeps instruments for the handmade production of medicaments and thousand of glass and porcelain bottles, among them Ojos del Boticario, made out of Bohemia glass.

Its shelves, made out of Cuban precious wood, keep syrups and ointments made with formulas of famous Cuban physicians and prescriptions written in 55 very protected volumes.


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