Old Havana is reborn every day

Old Havana is reborn every day

Heritage & Traditions

By Alina Veranes

With the arrival of the 503rd birthday of the Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana, founded on November 16, 1519, the inhabitants of the capital and the rest of the countrymen of the archipelago have verified that the commemoration, although simple and modest, is not just a matter of making memories, remembering history and the past and moving on.

Yes, it is true that it is very good and beautiful to go to know the legendary stones, walls and squares, to take pride in knowing where we came from, but there is also another very clear thing:

The beloved Old Havana or Historic Center of the Cuban capital, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, it is also a vital community, firmly and joyfully anchored in current times, working for the present and for a better future. And that has always been a pristine endeavor of the Office of the City Historian, headed and driven with locomotive force, profound wisdom and invincible dreams by Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, who died a few years ago

Old Havana would not be a great museum or a movie set exposed to the sight of the curious, but without a life of its own. Its old stones have a deep relationship with the people that inhabit it.

That is why, despite the severe restrictions of our economy for that happy date, the Office of the Historian inaugurated and delivered 13 comfortable homes in a rehabilitated building in the area. On the ground floor of that same building, the headquarters of the humanist project “Culture in the hands” was installed, which was born in 2008 as a facilitator of communication with the community deaf and hard of hearing.

The crowded Mercaderes street benefited from the renovation of 24 facades and there is a reactivation in the operation of fountains and green areas such as gardens. The opening of the Patria Amada room, in the Casa Eusebio Leal Spengler will be very special. A new museum project will animate the services of the José Martí Birthplace, while there was renovation in the Mausoleum erected for the Eight Medicine Students.

Already since April of this year, the Historic Center experienced the joy of the operation of new culinary establishments, some of them linked to deep-rooted traditions and customs. All this may seem little to some people, depending on the needs. But they are additions considered gigantic, without false boasting.

Exhibitions, concerts, book presentations, the traditional parades with music, juggling and theatrical scenes, complete the revelry of a city and a neighborhood that they deserve the best.