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Dolmens of Antequera win UNESCO World Heritage status

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Map of Dolmens de Antequera, shown as  small red dots (C)Instituto de Estadistica y Cartografia de Andalucia As expected, Andalucia's latest UNESCO World Heritage site was confirmed recently: the Dolmens of Antequera were inscribed on the list earlier this month at the committee meeting in Istanbul. We've mentioned this topic a few times on ...

Andalucia’s monuments on the world stage: from prehistoric to islamic

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The interior of the Mezquita of Cordoba, Europe's fourth-top attraction, according to Trip Advisor users. Trip Advisor has just released its top ten landmarks in Europe, as voted by users of the frighteningly influential reviewing website. Two of these, both in the top five of the list, are in Andalucia. Number 2, rather ...

Dolmens of Antequera: UNESCO World Heritage?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13537" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Peña de los Enamorados - Lovers' Leap, part of the Monumental Complex of Antequera, entered as Spain's 2015 application for UNESCO World Heritage Status. Photograph: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   Spain has moved a step closer to having another UNESCO World Heritage site, to add to the 42 sites already in the ...

UNESCO, Seville and contemporary architecture in historic cities

Friday, September 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12021" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This view of the Seville skyline shows the Giralda (left) and Puerta Triana (centre) dwarfed by the Pelli tower"] [/caption] Last week, I attended a three-day UNESCO "International Meeting" (ie mini-conference) in Seville on "Contemporary Architecture in Historic Cities", with speakers from the UK, USA, Netherlands, China, ...

UNESCO news: Seville not on danger list, but Doñana heading that way

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11317" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Now the tallest building in Seville, after 800 years with the Giralda dominating the skyline: the 178-metre Torre Pelli."] [/caption] Last week saw two of Andalucia's UNESCO World Heritage sites in the news for two very different reasons: Seville, whose new (and first) skyscraper, the Torre Pelli, ...

Cordoba Patios Festival – new (free) weekend ticket system

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10551" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The spectacular Cordoba Patios Festival is in May: this year, you need a ticket to see the patios at the weekend."] [/caption] The next major cultural event here in Andalucia is the Cordoba Patios Festival, which takes place on 8-19 May. This is one of the region's most ...

Patios of Cordoba open over Christmas

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Last week it was announced that the Patios of Cordoba Festival, which takes place every year in May, has been added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, joining other Spanish entries flamenco and the Mediterranean diet. But you don't have to wait till spring to see these 50 ...

How Seville escaped UNESCO’s “in danger” list

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7064" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A recent view of the Torre Pelli, under construction, in Seville. Its projected height - nearly 180 metres - is considered by many to overshadow the historic city."][/caption] The Torre Pelli, and Seville's resulting endangered UNESCO World Heritage Status, is a topic I've written about often on ...

UNESCO’s verdict on the Torre Pelli: STOP NOW!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In a recent newspaper poll, 25% of people wanted construction of the Torre Pelli to be halted (it currently has 15 storeys out of the planned 40, and measures around 60 metres). However a massive 62% preferred that the project continue as planned. This highly controversial building in Seville, designed by ...

Seville in danger of losing World Heritage status?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4099" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Aerial view of the Torre Pelli. Photo Cesar Pelli"][/caption] For some time, controversy has been raging in Seville over a 178-metre tower which is being built for Cajasol bank. The architect is Argentinian Cesar Pelli, so it's known locally as the Torre Pelli. At one point, UNESCO ...