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Eusebio Leal Spengler, Cuban historian and restorer of Old Havana, dies aged 77

Prominent intellectual is credited with rejuvenating crumbling centre into tourist hub

Eusebio Leal Spengler, the Cuban historian who oversaw the transformation of Old Havana from a crumbling quarter into an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, has died at the age 77. He had been suffering from cancer.

Leal and his restoration efforts became so famous that he became the de-facto mayor of the historic city centre and one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals.

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