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The cold salt spray pictured yesterday has taken its toll on the many beautiful buildings which line the Malecon.

Once called the Gold Coast of Havana, the Malecon is a wide boulevard and promenade along the north shore of the city.

Most of the buildings are about a hundred years old, when a huge construction project was undertaken along this sea front. Many are much older, dating from the early Spanish settlements of the 16th Century. Only a few have benefited from the UNESCO funds dedicated to preserving the architecture of this beautiful city.

Forty years ago, these ornate buildings were home to the rich and famous who vacationed in Cuba's tropical playground. Now they are crumbling in the salt air and divided into apartments occupied by Havana's growing population.

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