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Capital turns the spotlight on its past to preserve its history 

Visitors and residents of Santa Cruz are being urged to get to know the history of the city in a bid to help preserve its past.

The city council believes this is the way forward as the more people know about the capital, the more they are likely to want to help look after it.

An information campaign is being launched which will complement other initiatives, such as the drawing up of a Strategic Heritage Plan.

“Both the campaign and the other programmes launched by the Department of Historic Heritage are based on the conviction that only from the knowledge of the patrimonial wealth of the municipality can its conservation and eventual rehabilitation be guaranteed,” said a spokesman for the local authority.

The Mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez and councillor of historical heritage, Yolanda Moliné presented details of the campaign, which will last until November 16th when Unesco celebrates the International Day of World Heritage.

Sr. Bermudez said the campaign was two-fold; on the one hand, to carry out concrete actions around the city and on the other, to raise awareness about the capital’s history.

In relation to the first, the Mayor recalled that the rehabilitation of Plaza de los Patos, a true symbol of the city, will begin shortly and announced that the drafting of the project for the Masonic Temple may be concluded next year and that at the beginning of 2019 the works can begin.

In the same vein, he stressed that the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Palacio de Carta will be undertaken shortly to open the ground floor to the public and will also address the comprehensive rehabilitation project for the San Rafael and San Roque cemetery .

Sr. Bermúdez also hoped that the rehabilitation of the Viera and Clavijo Park could be unblocked soon and the Government of the Canary Islands could take over the work or “give us the resources to do it ourselves.”

Yolanda Moliné said : “Even today we have a lot of heritage that is unknown by the citizens, so the campaign is an invitation to everyone to enjoy it and, at the same time, know, protect and value it.”