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Launching of the book National Monuments of the Republic of Cuba
4 September 2015/ CNPC

The book National Monuments of the Republic of Cuba, compiled by the National Cultural Heritage Council of the Ministry of Culture, was launched this morning at the recently restored Segundo Cabo Palace, located in the Historic Centre of Old Havana, declared a World Heritage site since 1982

Gladys Collazo, president of the National Cultural Heritage Council (CNPC), shared with the attendees the enormous satisfaction of bringing to a successful close a project that places at the disposal of the people the knowledge that many and wide-ranging specialists from many and wide-ranging national, provincial and municipal institutions –those anonymous workers dedicated to the conservation of our Cuban heritage, as Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler stated in his presentation– have gathered, classified, organised and digitalised during years of systematic labour.

National Monuments of the Republic of Cuba, explains CNPC Vice-president of Monuments, Nilson Acosta, presents all the properties that have been so declared in Cuba until 2013. The information is organised into chapters, which in turn follow a geographic and chronological order, grouping the monuments according to their typology: natural sites, cultural landscapes, historic centres, urban zones, constructions, archaeological sites, historic sites and movable objects. However, it begins by presenting those inscribed on the World Heritage List.

In addition, the chapters are preceded by an introductory text with the voices of important specialists in different fields, professors, architects, members of the National Monuments Commission and the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), museologists, historians, such as Isabel Rigol, Enrique Higinio Hernández, Remigio Nelson Melero, Gina Rey, Felicia Chateloin, Daniel Medardo Taboada, Armando Rangel Rivero, Otto Alberto L. Randín and Margarita Ruiz Brandy.

Dedicated to the memory of Marta Arjona, an outstanding figure of Cuban culture and a pioneer in implementing the policy of conserving Cuban cultural heritage, the book is, in the words of Gladys Collazo, a dream come true and a starting point for future publications that may disseminate Cuba’s rich heritage.

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