Decision : CONF 209 VIII.C.1
Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina (Brazil)
Property: Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina
Id. N°: 890
State Party: Brazil
Criteria: C (ii) (iv)
The Committee inscribed the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): Diamantina shows how explorers of the Brazilian territory, diamond prospectors, and representatives of the Crown were able to adapt European models to an American context in the 18th century, thus creating a culture that was faithful to its roots yet completely original.
Criterion (iv): The urban and architectural group of Diamantina, perfectly integrated into a wild landscape, is a fine example of an adventurous spirit combined with a quest for refinement so typical of human nature.
The Observer of Brazil and the Mayor of Diamantina expressed their warm appreciation for this inscription.