Prensa Latina reports:
Emotion & Poetry in the Center of Havana
Havana, Jul 2 For years, the amazing bronze figures located in a downtown avenue in the Cuban capital, “Leones del Prado” (Lions of the Prado Park), have been motive of delight for foreign tourists and even for Cuban citizens due to their character, beauty and poetry.
As permanent guards of Havana, they appear with their strong figures all along the Marti or Prado Park, which full of trees, takes passers-by from the emblematic Malecon to the Central Park amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
With their always-aggressive look and a roar that only the most imaginative people could hear, the “Leones del Prado” become perfect setting for a family photo or an informal walk.
Historians recall that in late 1700 the Spanish colonial authorities endorsed a public-works program intended to confer a different look to the village of San Cristobal de la Havana, founded in 1519.
After some contradictions, the great city had obtained the rank of capital of the island and so it deserved a special architectonical treatment.
The first changes included two tree-lined avenues, the city’s first theater and a presidential house.
By late 19th century, the image of the Prado Park was totally renewed with the construction of houses in the surroundings, the included marble banks, lights and the most important ornament the so-called “Leones del Prado”.
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