MADRID.- On behalf of the Royal Foundation of Toledo, King Juan Carlos I presented renowned Cuban historian Eusebio Leal that cultural organization’s award for the restoration of Havana’s historic quarter.
It was one of five awards conferred in the 10th edition of the Foundation, an organization whose honorary president is the Spanish king.
In a ceremony in Toledo’s Rijas Theater, the Royal Foundation’s president Juan Ignacio de Mesa called the Old Havana restoration program “an obligatory reference in the sector of heritage restoration on a sustainable basis.”
The jury made its decision on the fact that for decades, the program has been “an experimental laboratory based on the best theory and practice of integral restoration and treatment in historic centers.”
It also explained that this work was headed by the City Historian’s Office, while emphasizing that many Cuban and international organizations were involved in the project, including Spanish institutions and municipal councils.
The aim of the Foundation is to shed light on and encourage everything related to preserving the historical, cultural and artistic heritage of Toledo, a world heritage site.
The awards were created in 1989 to highlight the most outstanding activities by local citizens and organizations, but this aim was later extended nationally and internationally.
Awards have been given to UNESCO, the city of Quito, Ecuador and Britain’s National Trust.
Jose Bono, president of the autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha, the Toledo municipal authorities, and members of the Foundation’s board of trustees also attended the ceremony.