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Decision : 27 COM 8C.26
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro (Mexico)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Queréetaro, Mexico, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iii):

Criterion (ii): The Sierra Gorda Missions exhibit an important interchange of values in the process of evangelisation of central and northern Mexico, and the western United States.

Criterion (iii): The five Sierra Gorda missions bear witness to the cultural encounter of the European missions with the nomadic populations of central Mexico, remaining a significant testimony to this second phase of evangelisation in North America.

The property consists of five separate missions in the State of Queretaro:





Santiago de Jalpan

Jalpan de Serra

21.85 ha

N21 12 15.8

W99 27 50.8

Santa María del Agua de Landa

Landa de Matamoros

31.70 ha

N21 10 09.2

W99 18 39.0

San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco

Landa de Matamoros

25.27 ha

N21 09 40.3

W99 11 33.5

Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol

Jalpan de Serra

13.54 ha

N21 24 01.5

W99 19 40.9

San Miguel Concá

Arroyo Seco

11.37 ha

N21 26 40.9

W99 38 13.0



103.73 ha


2. Encourages the State Party to give special attention to the control of future developments in the region, taking into account sustainable land-use in and around the settlements, and the character of the landscape.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: LAC
States Parties: Mexico
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 8C.26