Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1988
Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A
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Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
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Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
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Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004
On 1 February 2004, the World Heritage Centre received a report by the State Party, in which it is stressed that the regional authorities had not received any information nor construction proposals concerning the Huerto de las Adoratrices, a walled plot in the core area of the World Heritage property formerly occupied by a convent and its garden. The report remarks that the municipal law on the protection of the historic city centre is being strictly applied and that minor modifications of the law are allowed, subject to the approval of a cultural heritage commission of the regional government of Castile and Leon. One of these modifications took place on 15 September 2000, opening the plot of the Adoratrices to construction.
The report also indicates that the preservation of open places is guaranteed in the municipal law, depending on whether the building on the plot is classified as a protected monument or not. As the convent of the Adoratrices is not a protected building, the walled garden is also not protected.
Despite the clarification that no project for construction has been received, the report failed to confirm that no construction will take place. Therefore, the extent of guarantees submitted by the State Party for the implementation of the Convention is greatly weakened by the facility with which the document for urban protection has been modified. Furthermore, the legal measures taken to avoid urban encroachment are not effective, as open spaces like the garden of the Adoratrices are not considered in their own value, but determined by the value of the constructed heritage.
This situation creates uncertainty about the effective protection of the World Heritage property. It also raises the question of what is effectively the subject of World Heritage protection, as the modifications of the municipal law that served as the basis for inscription on the World Heritage List allow the exclusion of parts of the site from the protection of the Convention. Without questioning the development needs of a living monumental city centre, the modifications may however put into question the authenticity and universal value of the site.
Concerning the new revision of the urban plan, ICOMOS expressed its wish to comment on it, before it is adopted. This is also the case for the draft of the revised local legislation, which is in progress.
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.98The World Heritage Committee,