La Habana Renovation | Cuba

Due to the American embargo Cuba has gone through a very difficult economic crisis. Old cars and crumbling infrastructures are spread everywhere but there’s a wind of change in the air. In recent years tourism has been increasing and number of foreign investors have been moving toward the island. La Habana is the center of the resurrection. On the Malecon, as in most parts of Havana, construction workers proliferate and are renewing the worn-out facades of buildings. The Plaza Vieja is been almost all restored and a new Planetarium is being built in it. Teams of architects are working together for a broad restoration plan and the Havana appearance is slowly improving. The architectural richness of the capital is immense: more than 150 of Old Havana’s buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, about 200 from the 18th and more than 450 from the 19th, which makes Havana the best preserved colonial city in the Americas. This is a treasure that Cubans want to preserve. Many museums are being restored and so are old convents and buildings. Many people have been moved out of their houses for restoration plans and the hope now is that this plan wouldn’t take years to be accomplished.

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