King Felipe VI of Spain decorates Eusebio Leal

The king and queen of Spain, on a visit to Cuba, this Wednesday decorated City of Havana Historian Eusebio Leal after a tour of the historic center of the Cuban capital during which Leal was their guide.

King Felipe VI decorated the historian with the Grand Cross of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, granted by the Spanish government in recognition of Leal’s work at the head of Havana’s restoration. The ceremony took place in the Palace of the Captains General, the island’s former government house during colonial times and today the headquarters of the City Museum.

It is the most distinguished civilian decoration that can be granted in Spain, established in 1771 by King Carlos III, which Leal adds to another conferred by Spain, the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica, granted in September 2017, according to Prensa Latina news agency.

After receiving the distinction, Leal, 77, recalled the historical links between Cuba and Spain, and spoke highly of Spain’s contribution to the island’s culture and idiosyncrasy.

Also in the Palace, the president of the Provincial Assembly of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, gave Felipe VI the “Giraldilla,” the symbol of the Cuban capital. The ceremony took place in the courtyard of the monumental building and before the marble statue of Christopher Columbus.

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Havana´s 500th anniversary will bring restoration of city landmarks

Havana, November 13 (RHC)— 'Havana has played an important role in the construction of the national character, in the struggles for independence, and in the battles led by students and workers. This city has an impressive heritage reserve ... ', said Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the Cuban capital.

Leal spoke at a press conference on Monday to provide details about the plan of activities in recognition of city, which will be marking its half millennium in November next year.

To greet the grand occasion, Leal Spengler explained that the finishing of the full restoration of El Capitolio building will be accomplished, with the completion of the halls of National Symbols, of the Anthem, and of the Constitution.

Other works include the setting up of the Railway Museum of Cuba at the Cristina Station in Old Havana, the new headquarters of the Automobile Museum; and the recovery of the first venue of the House of Representatives.

The preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Cuban capital will also include the setting up of the stations of a new public bicycle system in the old city, as well as a housing program that will improve living conditions of hundreds of residents.

“Havana is a city that has suffered the impact of cyclones and political-economic changes, but still it is very alive.”, said Spengler, and he added that works will be carried out in its 15 municipalities, and that residents are expected to actively participate in them.

Tradition acknowledges November 16, 1519 as the day Spanish conqueror Diego Velazquez established its third and final location.

Some of the cultural activities expected for Havana´s 500th anniversary, include the 13th edition of its renowned Biennial along the Malecon sea front drive and the Paseo del Prado, and in buildings and public spaces of the Historic Center.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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