Old Havana and its Fortification System, Cuba

Old Havana and its Fortification System, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982


During the seventeenth century, the city of Havana was already one of the largest shipyard centres in the world. Despite the great size of its metropolitan area today, its historic centre maintains an interesting mixture of Baroque and Neoclassical monuments that, together with the homogenous and rich network of private homes with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates or internal courtyards, form an architectural ensemble with a beauty unique in the world.

Kalam’s team has been fortunate to work comprehensively on the Embassy of Spain in Cuba, the former Palacio Velasco-Sarrá, located on the seafront. It is the only diplomatic quarter located in the historic centre of the city, which makes it an especially remarkable building in its environment. We have worked comprehensively to restore its facades and roofs, reproducing architectural elements and sculptures and repairing the window shutters and carpentry, heavily deteriorated by the climate and the contamination of the singular location where it was built.

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