State of Conservation (SOC)
Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada (1997)
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November 1997: UNESCO/ICOMOS mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
Since the last session of the Bureau (twenty-first session, June 1997) and in accordance with the requests and recommendations of the Bureau made to the national authorities by the Secretariat, the preparations for the organization of a seminar on the revitalization of the Albayzín quarter have continued and intensified. Furthermore, the social revitalization activities have already begun to be implemented. Also, thanks to the intervention of the Director-General, construction work of the Rey Chico festivities hall situated between the Albayzín and the left bank of the Rio Darro have been halted.
Moreover, the Mayor of Granada requested the Secretariat to provide him with a list of experts to study the computerized simulation of the construction and assist in the successful realization of the impact study. The Mayor was advised that the National ICOMOS Committee should be contacted.
With regard to the constitution of a joint Spain-ICOMOS Scientific Committee, suggested to the authorities by UNESCO, the Secretariat was informed by the Permanent Delegation of Spain to UNESCO that the Direction General of Fine Arts welcomed this idea and that a final official reply would be received by the Centre shortly.
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VII.53 Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Grenada (Spain)
Following the session of the Bureau in June 1997, the work on the Rey Chico festivities hall situated between the Alhambra and the Albayzin on the left bank of the Rio Darro had been halted and a UNESCO-ICOMOS mission was undertaken in November 1997.
The conclusions of the mission were the following:
1. the building as such does not pose major problems,
2. however, the use of the building as a festivities hall for 1000 people is incompatible with the site (access roads, traffic, noise etc.). It is recommended, therefore, that the use of the building be reviewed;
3. areas adjacent to the building should be declared 'non-constructable' to enable an appropriate landscaping of the valley of the Rio Darro;
4. the management plan for the Alhambra, the Generalife and Albaycin should be revised and incorporated in an overall comprehensive management plan for the site. This should be supervised by a scientific committee involving UNESCO, as was recommended by the Bureau at its session June 1997.
Having examined the above information, the Committee endorsed the recommendations made by the UNESCO-ICOMOS mission and urged the Spanish authorities to implement them. The Committee requested the Spanish authorities to submit a report on the progress made in their implementation by 15 April 1998 for examination by the twenty-second session of the Bureau.
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
"The Bureau commends the Spanish national authorities for the very positive co-operation established with the World Heritage Centre, particularly for the preparation of the seminar for the Revitalization of the Albayzín, as well as for the halting of the construction work of the Rey Chico festivities hall. The Bureau emphasized the importance of preserving the authenticity of the emblematic site. Finally, the Bureau reminded the Spanish authorities of the importance it attached to an integrated management approach and, in this framework, to the rapid implementation of a joint Spain-ICOMOS Scientific Committee".
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