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The Hemingway House Outside of Havana Wins Nationwide Monument Award

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The following is an unedited version of "Hemingway's House in Cuba Receives Restoration Award," by Cecelia Crespo, and it can be found here. The photographs were all taken by RHTRAVELER in 2003 and 2007, and they are in Flickrs Creative Commons.

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"Finca Vigia, the Cuban house where U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway lived for almost 20 years and wrote some of his novels, received the National Award for the Preservation and Restoration of Monuments.

The house, located in the village of San Francisco de Paula, 15 kilometers southeast of Havana, was turned into the Hemingway Museum in 1964 and it recreates details of the daily and literary life of the renowned writer during his stays in Cuba.

The building does not go unnoticed to the eye of the passers-by as it is located in a hill surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, where the colonial Spanish army set barracks for surveillance purposes late in the 19th century; hence its name: La Vigia (The Watchtower).

After a complete restoration, the Museum again opens its doors to the public who can appreciate interesting details of the private and everyday life of one of the most talented writers of the 20th century who also received a Nobel Prize in Literature.

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