Cubans bid farewell to Eusebio Leal Spengler, the saviour of Havana

Much-loved citizen was born poor yet went on to mastermind restoration from the island’ s splendid capital

The old city of Havana has sheltered a lot of famous faces over its five hundred years, Alexander von Humboldt plus Ernest Hemingway among them, yet few more loved than Eusebio Leal Spengler, who passed away on Friday.

The town historian could be seen most times walking through the cobbled streets, beyond the fruit hawkers and musicians, moving under balconies strung with drying out sheets. He would stop to talk to inhabitants who knew him by view, despite his understated manner as well as the grey guayabera shirt of the Cuban bureaucrat he favoured.

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