Original Post: Havana, as lively as ever after 498 years / The City Historian’s Office Master Plan has guided the comprehensive development of the city’s central historic district for 24 years

Old Havana, unlike other historic districts in Latin America, is not only a tourist attraction. In this part of the city, functioning alongside history are social institutions, medical centers, schools, and cultural venues. Achieving this coexistence – and preserving an historic site that is inhabited and has an active cultural life of its own – has been possible thanks to the efforts of many institutions and of the population, always involved in preservation projects.

The City Historian’s Office has been a key participant over the years since 1938, first led by historian Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring, and later by Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler.

Since then, La Habana Vieja, The Old Havana, has seen restoration works to preserve the district’s valuable assets, and been recognized as a National Monument and a World Heritage Site.