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HAVANA: Havana could be compared to the colorful 1950s classic American cars that fill its roads: an object of desire for historians and tourists alike.Despite the visual signs of deterioration, Havana is spiritually alive.Leal insists that the city has much greater depth than simple aesthetic beauty.One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Havana was a modern metropolis at the start of the 20th century but it was also a haven for mafia organizations.Following the 1959 socialist revolution, a spiritual cleansing saw the proliferation of brothels and casinos consigned to history, but physically the city was neglected.Its streets are poorly maintained and badly lit, but Havana is a much safer city than many other Latin American metropolises.In 2017, the city attracted 4.5 million tourists.
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