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Camagüey: the challenges of a Heritage

By Dania Díaz Socarrás/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.

The once Town of Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, current Camagüey, received in 2008 the good news of a part of its historic center inscribed on the list of World Cultural Heritage. Without a doubt, a recognition to be proud of, but at the same time, a challenge for those who live in this city.

To give an idea, in the redevelopment of the property, should take care of conserving the originality of the works; the cover and the fronts should not be transformed; and any change must be consulted before with the Directorate of Physical Planning.

So let us know Nélida Lopez Avila, a specialist in urban planning in the Office of the Historian of the City of Camagüey, who adds that the restrictions are dependent on the degree of protection that corresponds to each of the buildings, according to the values that preserves and the regulations of the Law 2 of the National and Local Monuments in its Decree 55.

"In the first degree of protection," says the specialist - we can find from a church or an architectural as the Carmen, until housing with high historical values and heritage.

"In all cases, the arrangements should be limited to the restoration, accompanied by other categories permissible as maintenance or the consolidation of any of its elements. In other degrees of protection if they can undergo major renovations".

In the historical center of Camagüey predominate the eclectic type constructions, which are distinguished by having high pillars, and wooden doors and windows of very large proportions, with sloping roofs covered with red clay tiles. This is, without a doubt, beautifies our environment, but makes it more difficult for its conservation.

However, the city, the urban landscape and the representation of us, must be rebuilt constantly, as proof of the unstoppable evolution of the action of man, always with the aim of building an environment more enjoyable for all, visually and socially. (Photo: File)