in Cuba, Havana celebrates 500 years

All weekend, the capital will welcome many personalities and heads of state “friends” of Cuba.

In Havana, the slogans and images with the image of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara serve as advertising. An old American car from the 1950s passes behind a Moskovich, suddenly sending us back to the American and Soviet times that Havana of the twentieth century experienced. Beyond its shrinking and aging car fleet, Havana offers an eclectic architectural landscape. “Cuban architecture is all schools and no schools”says Felix Julio Alfonso, from the City Historian's Office. “Here we see baroque, art nouveau, art deco, styles that mix with each other, which gives us richness and diversity.”

Legendary city, the capital of Cuba celebrates 500 years. Havana dresses up and prepares to welcome Saturday, November 16, many personalities and heads of state “friends” of Cuba, to celebrate this anniversary. Among the guests were Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Nicaragua's Head of State Daniel Ortega, but also Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and François Hollande, who confirmed his visit to Havana.

In the streets of Old Havana, decrepit façades sit alongside colonial buildings painted in color. A unique charm in the world, according to the young Angelica, originally from Santiago and proud to live in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “The city, I see it, as we say in Cuban, like a soup”, says the girl. “You can see everything, it's like a museum of all the lives this city has experienced.”

In danger until the 80s, a third of the old Havana has now been restored. On the eve of his 500th birthday, the city, which is said to have stopped in time, still smells of fresh paint to welcome its guests, friends of Cuba, as it should be.


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