Find out information about the UNESCO World Heritage Siten in Spain and Latin America such as the Alhambra, the Silk Exchange, Old Havana and Antigua Guatemala.
The World Heritage Committee has inscribed properties of Spain and Latin America on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. To be included on this list, sites must meet the selection criteria detailed in the "Operational Guidelines", the World Heritage Committee's main document. The criteria which is revised regularly by the Committee, is constantly evolving to match the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself:
“To encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritages around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity”
Cultural heritage refers to monuments, buildings and sites with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value.
Natural heritage refers to outstanding physical, biological or geological features and includes habitats of threatened species, as well as areas with scientific, environmental or aesthetic value.
Mixed heritage sites have both cultural and natural values.
Nevertheless, all of them share one common factor designed by UNESCO, and that is to make sure that future generations can inherit the treasures of the past.
Enjoy learning Spanish in our schools, which are located in or near the following UNESCO sites…
- Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau (Barcelona, 1997)
- The Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín Neighborhood (Granada, 1984)
- The Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) (Valencia, 1996)
- Monastery and Site of the Escorial (Madrid, 1984)
- Old City of Salamanca (Salamanca, 1988)
- El Teide National Park (Tenerife, 2007)
- Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias (Sevilla, 1987)
- Jesuit Block and Estancias in Córdoba (Argentina, 2000)
- Historic City of Sucre (Bolivia, 1991)
- Old Havana and its Fortifications (Cuba, 1982)
- San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba (Cuba, 1987)
- Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios (Cuba, 1988)
- Colonial City of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic, 1990)
- City of Quito (Ecuador, 1978)
- Antigua Guatemala (Guatemala, 1979)
- Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines (Mexico, 1988)
- Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán (Mexico, 1987)
- City of Cuzco and Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru, 1983)