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CUBA | Havana, Cuba's most visited tourist city, turns 501

Featured The City of Havana, Cuba celebrating 501 years. The City of Havana, Cuba celebrating 501 years.
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Havana, the capital of Cuba, on Monday  celebrated its 501st anniversary of its foundation.

With the honors of being a Wonder City of the World, Havana justifies this and many other awards not only due to its beauty and mobility, but also for the traditions of its people.

Timely, and referring to the data prior to the pandemic (2019), the MINTUR delegate in Havana, Xonia Beltran, acknowledged that the flow of foreign visitors to the capital grew by 29%.

Havana is undoubtedly the main tourist destination in Cuba, followed by Varadero (west), Jardines del Rey (center) and Holguín (east).

Cuba, and essentially Havana, has a population that is the result of a mixture of races and cultures, in which Spanish and African elements predominate, but also Chinese, Haitian, German, French, Hebrew and other nations are also included.

The village of San Cristobal de La Habana, its official name, was founded on November 16, 1519, on the banks of the Carenas Port, after an initial settlement on the south coast in 1515.

Havana was awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 1982.

cuba habana vieja The City of Old Havana - Founding of the Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana is celebrated on 16th November 1519 Meanwhile, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel evoked today the heritage value of the ancient town of Saint Christopher of Havana, on the 501st anniversary of its foundation.

The president recalled on Twitter a phrase by Leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro included in his June 3, 1998 speech.

'Saving Old Havana, admired today for being World Heritage, all that architecture that has inmeasurable value, protected,' Diaz-Canel quoted.

In 1998, Fidel Castro added: 'There is no citizen who comes to the capital who does not want to visit Old Havana, which has been preserved by the Revolution.'

The foundation of this town is celebrated every Nov.16, whose foundation year is 1519, the date expressed in documents from colonial times.

As part of the celebration, the traditional walk around the ceiba in the Templete garden took place yesterday, a building considered one of the main icons of Havana and foundation site of the city.

The celebration will strictly comply with health measures this time to prevent contagion with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, but social works will be inaugurated in the city, as well as awards will be given to outstanding personalities of the province. According to Agencia Cubana de Noticias, a special moment will be the tribute to city historian Eusebio Leal, who led the restoration works of the historic center of the capital and died on July 31, 2020.

Therefore, Teatro Marti will be reopened, with the premiere of a documentary dedicated to Leal, directed by Omelio Borroto, a Mundo Latino filmmaker.
President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, sent his congratulations on occasion of the anniversary of the foundation of Havana, on November 16th.

'From Venezuela we celebrate the 501 years of history and resistance of Havana. A city that houses in its streets the rebellion, joy, music and verses of the heroic Cuban people. We hope to enjoy its warmth very soon. Long live Cuba, Long live Havana!', the President tweeted.

The founding of the Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana is celebrated on November 16th, with 1519 taken as the year of founding, a date that appears expressed in documents from the colonial period.
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