1.         Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches (Spain) (C 348bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/348/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/348/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/348/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

In October 1993, the Director-General of UNESCO received ample information on a project to construct a new bridge over the river Rio Adajo just outside the historic walls of the city of Avila and close to the old Roman bridge over the same river. This bridge would, together with another existing bridge and the connecting roads, form a kind of a 'roundabout' and subsequently attract additional traffic flows.

Given the fact that the new bridge might affect the view of the walled city, on 21 October 1993 the World Heritage Centre requested the Permanent Delegation of Spain to examine the situation as soon as possible. In view of the urgency of this matter the Centre requested ICOMOS also to investigate the situation and to report to the Centre within the shortest delay possible.


Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 17 COM X

Old Town of Avila (Spain)

In October 1993 the Centre was informed of a project to construct a new bridge over the river Rio Adajo just outside the historic walls of the city and close to the Roman bridge. ICOMOS reported that the bridge would directly affect the view on the city. The Spanish Delegation informed the Committee that complementary information from the municipal authorities was expected and that as soon as this was available, the Centre would receive a report in this respect. The Committee expressed its concern on this matter and requested the Centre to inform the municipal authorities, and ask them to study other possibilities of solving the traffic flow.