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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, ...

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 ...

Flamenco soy

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

As we're an Andalucian website, it would be a glaring omission not to talk about the campaign to have flamenco, the distinctive and wonderful form of musical and dance performance which originates in Spain's south, recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (I'll just refer to it as Cultural ...