Havana, the ‘Paris of the Caribbean,’ gets its own Eiffel Tower

HAVANA (Reuters) - Havana was once dubbed the 'Paris of the Caribbean' for its beautiful architecture, vibrant arts scene, and flourishing nightlife.


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The illuminated four-meter (13-ft) high replica by Cuban blacksmith Jorge Enrique Salgado lights up a corner of the otherwise dimly-lit Arroyo Naranjo southern residential district of the capital.    

Salgado, 52, an accountant who learned metalworking from his father, says he has never been to Paris. But he had seen the Eiffel Tower in films and photos and when his son asked him to make an antenna to capture the Wi-Fi signal of a nearby park, he hit on the idea of making a model.

 The illuminated four-meter (13-ft) high replica by Cuban blacksmith Jorge Enrique Salgado lights up a corner of the otherwise dimly-lit Arroyo Naranjo southern residential district of the capital.    

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Salgado, 52, an accountant who learned metalworking from his father, says he has never been to Paris. But he had seen the Eiffel Tower in films and photos and when his son asked him to make an antenna to capture the Wi-Fi signal of a nearby park, he hit on the idea of making a model.

"To make the tower, my son downloaded plans, models, photos and other details via the internet," said Salgado. "I realized the original tower was built piece by piece so that's what I did."   

Salgado said he bought and salvaged pieces of iron railings to built the tower on the roof of his home, using car halogens to light it up, in a country where it is often difficult to find material. 

   "We based our lighting exactly on the original," said his son, Enrique Salgado, who helped him build the replica. 

   The enthusiasm in the neighborhood for his Eiffel Tower has kindled hopes he could make a living from the passion project and he is now working on a slightly smaller model to sell. 

"I never thought of dedicating myself to this, never," said Salgado. "(But) it would be an honor to be able to live off this."

    

 (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

  


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