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HAVANA - Cuba has made the rural homestead where Fidel and Raul Castro were born a national monument, state media reported on Tuesday.
Fidel Castro has written of his happy childhood memories in the countryside but has shown little attachment to the 13000-hectares property in eastern Holguin province that once belonged to his father. It was the first farm expropriated after he took power in 1959.
The graves of Angel Castro and Lina Ruiz - Fidel and Raul's parents - are located on the grounds near the village of Biran. The property once featured a cockfighting ring, movie theatre and a saloon where Raul briefly tended bar.
The original complex of red-roofed houses was destroyed in a fire, but has since been rebuilt.
Freya Matos, a specialist with the National Monuments Commission, told the official AIN news agency that 32 hectares of the site, including 11 buildings, would formally be declared a national monument in a ceremony today.
Matos did not say why the commission had decided to bestow historical status on the homestead now, especially since it has been a museum for years. Cuba has 11 other national monuments, including historic sugar mills, universities and museums. - Sapa-AP