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Decision : CONF 204 X.C.1
The Palmeral of Elche (Spain)

Property: The Palmeral of Elche

Id. N°: 930

State Party: Spain

Criteria: C (ii) (v)

The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (v):

Criterion (ii): The Palmeral (palm groves) of Elche represent a remarkable example of the transference of a characteristic landscape from one culture and continent to another, in this case from North Africa to Europe.

Criterion (v): The palm grove or garden is a typical feature of the North African landscape which was brought to Europe during the Islamic occupation of much of the Iberian peninsula and has survived to the present day. The ancient irrigation system, which is still functioning, is of special interest.

The Committee noted the change of name of the property from The Palmeral of Elche: A Cultural landscape Inherited from Al-Andalus to The Palmeral of Elche.


 Decisions Report
Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Spain
Properties: Palmeral of Elche
Year: 2000
Decision Code: CONF 204 X.C.1