Paseo del Prado, Havana

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Paseo del Prado, promenade

Paseo del Prado, is a promenade in Havana, Cuba, on the dividing line between Centro Habana and Old Havana. Technically, the Paseo del Prado includes the entire length of Paseo Martí, including:

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In 1772 Don Felipe Fonsdeviela y Ondeano Don Felipe Fonsdeviela y Ondeano designed the street and in 1925 French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier redesigned the Paseo del Prado, lined it with trees, sculptures of lions, coral stone walls and with marble benches.[1]

Lining the boulevard are important buildings such as the Gran Teatro de La Habana, hotels (including the Hotel Sevilla), cinemas such as the Fausto [1], theaters, and mansions imitating styles from Madrid, París and Vienna. El Prado was the first paved street in Havana. When El Capitolio was built in 1929 that section of the promenade was removed.[1] At the corner of Cárcel street the car dealership Packard & Cunnigham was located, and in 1940 the radio network RHC-Cadena Azul established its studios on the Prado.

Already in the 1950s rich families were moving from the Prado to Miramar, Vedado and Siboney. After the 1959 revolution, the street and many of its buildings were, like many buildings in Havana, badly deteriorated physically to the point that many collapsed and are still in a ruined state. Nonetheless, many other buildings have been renovated. In the first decade of the 2000s the high-end Hotel Parque Central was completed, anchoring the southeast end of the Paseo.

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  1. ^ a b Habana Radio. "Paseo del Prado". Retrieved 2 Nov 2009.[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 23°08′14″N 82°21′32″W / 23.13722°N 82.35889°W / 23.13722; -82.35889