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Decision : 29 COM 7B.69
Old Town of Avila and its Extra-Muros Churches (Spain)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.97, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Thanks the State Party of Spain for having submitted an updated report on the state of conservation of the property;

4. Regrets that the municipality allowed the construction of a building whose height and volume alter the historic architectural values of the square;

5. Recalls the importance of fully respecting paragraph 173 c) of the Operational Guidelines;

6. Also regrets that the concerned authorities did not consult with the World Heritage Centre regarding the project in time so as to avoid the alteration of historic urban fabric at the Plaza Santa Teresa;

7. Acknowledges the importance of the design of the Santa Teresa square and the establishment of a visual axis between the church and the gate;

8. Urges the State Party to improve the reporting mechanism to the Committee according to Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

9. Encourages the State Party together with the local authorities to improve specific legislation so as to ensure appropriate legal protection of the historic urban fabric and structure on a national level;

10. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre in the framework of the Periodic Reporting exercise with an updated report designating the buffer zones;

11. Also requests ICOMOS to submit at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006) a detailed report on the visual impact of the building to the outstanding universal value of the property;

12. Further requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre by 1February 2006 with a progress report on the legal status and the implementation of the protection zones for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Spain
Year: 2005
Decision Code: 29 COM 7B.69