Sancti Spiritus Heritage Sites Nominated for National Prize

Gisselle Morales

Sancti Spiritus’s Guairo and Padre Quintero Streets were returned to their original cobblestone condition with the contribution of local residents.

Sancti Spiritus’s Guairo and Padre Quintero (San Miguel) Streets, and the dwelling at 263, Jose Marti Street, in Trinidad, have been nominated for the National Preservation and Restoration Prize, to be announced April 18th within the framework of the International Day of Monuments and Historic Sites.

The Head of the Office of Monuments and Historical Sites in Sancti Spiritus Roberto Vitlloch, one of the promoters of bringing Guairo and Padre Quintero Streets back to their former cobbled condition, told Escambray about the importance of the nomination itself. The restitution of the cobblestones allowed the restoration of both streets, and helped the area look better, he added.

Trinidad’s dwelling will compete in the preservation category. According to Nancy Benitez, from the local Curator’s Office, the building is an example of what dwellers can do to preserve the historic context in which they live. “This house was built back in the XIX century, and was modified in the 1920s thanks to the bonanza of the Mauri family”, added Benitez.

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