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Havana's Old Town. ©UNESCO 1997
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Havana's Old Town

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Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.

on this subject: Habana Vieja - Old Town of Havana (

Place/country: Cuba,
Series: Treasures of the World Heritage of Mankind
Type: Documentary
Credits: Ute Geisler (director), J. Pablo Hefner (producer), Ralf Nolting (producer), 16:9 Action Plan of the European Union (producer). UNESCO WHC (producer).
Published in: 1997

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