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

March 2005: joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission.

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 2010

Current conservation issues

On 1 February 2010, the State Party submitted a report concerning the progress of the works related to the development of the integrated Management Plan for the Old Town of Àvila with its Extra-Muros churches.

This report states that a first draft of the Special Management Plan of the registered property and its buffer zone is at the stage of revision and discussion. The plan will be based on a detailed analysis of the outstanding universal value attributes and the link between all components, in the context of their contribution to the town as an entirety.

A meeting with the Mayor of Àvila and the Director of the World Heritage Centre took place at UNESCO on 26 March 2010 to discuss the planned development of an underground car park, with a capacity of about 300 vehicles, integrated into the slope of the Northern town’s wall. The aim of the new car park is to reduce traffic in the Old Town of Àvila and accompany the revitalization of the green belt surrounding the town wall. The documentation was received the 14 April 2010 and is being evaluated by ICOMOS.

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


Decision Adopted: 34 COM 7B.101

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 8B.53, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009,)

3. Notes the progress of the property's Management Plan and the documentation submitted concerning the car park project, which is being evaluated by the Advisory Body;

4. Refers the examination of the buffer zone suggested for the Old Town of Àvila and its Extra-Muros Churches, Spain, to the State Party, in order to allow it to finalize the property's Management Plan;

5. Requests the State Party to provide three printed copies and an electronic version of the management plan to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2011;

6. Also requests the State Party, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to not take any decisions concerning the car park project submitted by the State Party to the World Heritage Centre, until receiving comments from ICOMOS concerning this project.

Decision Adopted: 34 COM 8B.60

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-10/34.COM/8B and WHC-10/34.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2. Refers the proposed buffer zone for the Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches, Spain, back to the State Party in order to allow it to finalize the management plan for the property and to develop a retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value as the basis for the management plan;

3. Notes that further progress has been made in developing a detailed management plan that will respond to the needs of the city in terms of protection of the built fabric and to the need to sustain and enhance the social and economic framework of the city

4. Considers that the management plan should be based on an agreed Statement of Outstanding Universal Value that must be primarily based on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property that was recognised at the time of inscription. Whereas other values might well have been identified since inscription in response to changing ideas of heritage and can be the subject of the management plan, there is a need to differentiate between the Outstanding Universal Value, which is non-negotiable, and other values.