Restoration works in Havana’s Historic Heart, declared World Heritage, is supported by European and Latin American institutions.
Experts from the Havana City Historian’s Office said that various Spanish and Italian regions, as well as Latin American institutions, have contributed to the restoration works in the Cuban capital.
The program includes the restoration of the Santo Domingo Convent, which was the former university venue. Works are scheduled for completion in the second semester of 2005.
Other works include completion of the Saratoga Hotel, on the Prado Promenade, and reconstruction of the Cueto Hotel.
The Havana City Historian’s Office expanded its project to Chinatown, where Chinese identity is preserved through community programs and Chinese language classes on the local station Habana Radio.
Outside the boundaries of Old Havana, the Havana City Historian’s Office restores public monuments and more complex structures, like the Seawall.