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More than 100 restoration works, including the old San Jose Warehouse on Port Avenue, were restored in Havana to mark the 490th anniversary of its foundation.

Conceived as a five-block large cultural, commercial complex, the San Jose warehouse was built in 1885 on the seashore of Havana Bay. It is the only surviving building of its kind in the area.

Eight locomotives, including one steam locomotive, were also recovered from old sugar refineries and plantations and will be part of the Museum of the Railroad near the Havana Train Station.

Another restored building of social significance is the Wedding Palace, former Spanish Casino, located on the city´s main Prado Avenue, which will boast a concert room now.

Restoration works completed also include the Green Tile House on 5th Avenue, as well as a multifamily building in the historical center and another 11 buildings on Barcelona Street in Centro Habana municipality.

There is about a hundred building works more in their recovery phase, from houses, centers for Alzheimer treatment and old people´s homes to hotels and cultural facilities.

In recent remarks to Juventud Rebelde daily, the City Historian Eusebio Leal said Old Havana remains intact from an urban development point of view.

The City Historian´s Office, which is charge of the Cuban capital´s restoration, was created in 1938 by Cuban intellectual Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring.

In 1982, Old Havana, including its fortification system, was declared World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Source: Prensa Latina

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