Havana, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) After a careful restoration work in which Russian and Cuban specialists participated, the dome of the National Capitol was recently unveiled.
With the strengthening of its concrete and steel structures and the rescue of other decorative elements, the restoration returns the original color to the top of the monumental building, headquarters of the Cuban Parliament, with the placement of copper plates with a gold coating.
The historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal, during a brief act that began the unveiling of the dome, explained that the copper plates replace those damaged for almost a century outdoors.
Leal stressed that the unveiling this Friday of the top of the Capitol of the Caribbean nation does not constitute an inauguration, since the official act will be held soon and it will take place on the occasion of the great national dates in October and the celebration of the 500 years of Havana in November.
On that occasion, said the historian, those who worked on the restoration of the dome will be honored, including Russian experts who, according to Leal, worked on an art they know as very few: gilding metals.
Russian specialists were also in charge of the restoration of the statue of the Republic, located inside the Capitol, which was inaugurated last July in a ceremony attended by the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro, and the chancellor of Russia, Sergey Lavrov.
At that moment, the historian thanked the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, for the donation that allowed the restoration of this work, bathed in 24 carat gold and considered the third largest in the world.
The dome of the Capitol rises to 91.72 meters from street level, and at the time of its construction it was only surpassed in its style by St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London.
With 40 thousand square meters, the National Capitol of Cuba was inaugurated on May 20, 1929 during the presidency of Gerardo Machado. Its construction cost about 16 million dollars.
According to data from the office of the city’s historian, the capital restoration of the aforementioned eclectic classicism building began in 2010 with an investment of nearly 150 million Cuban pesos (about six million dollars).
(Taken from PL in Spanish)