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Old Havana

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Old Havana (Spanish: La Habana Vieja) is the city-center (downtown) and one of the 15 municipalities (or boroughs) forming Havana, Cuba. It has the second highest population density in the city and contains the core of the original city of Havana. The positions of the original Havana city walls are the modern boundaries of Old Havana.

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La Habana Vieja
Subdivisión de La Habana Vieja
Location of Old Havana in Havana
Coordinates: 23°08′09.4″N 82°21′30.0″W
Country Cuba
Province Havana
Wards (Consejos Populares)Belén, Catedral, Jesús María, Plaza Vieja, Prado, San Isidro, Tallapiedra
  Total4 km2 (2 sq mi)
50 m (160 ft)
  Density80,000/km2 (210,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
Area code+53-7
Official nameOld Havana and its Fortification System
Criteriaiv, v
Designated1982 (6th session)
Reference no.204
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean

In 1982, Old Havana was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, because of its unique Baroque and neoclassical architecture, its fortifications, and its historical importance as a stop on the route to the New World.[3] A safeguarding campaign was launched a year later to restore the authentic character of the buildings.