Decision : 27 COM 8C.35
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (Italy)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Inscribes The Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, Italy, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): The implantation of architecture and sacred art into a natural landscape for didactic and spiritual purposes achieved its most exceptional expression in the Sacri Monti (‘Sacred Mountains') of northern Italy and had a profound influence on subsequent developments elsewhere in Europe.
Criterion (iv): The Sacri Monti (‘Sacred Mountains') of northern Italy represent the successful integration of architecture and fine art into a landscape of great beauty for spiritual reasons at a critical period in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
The property consists of nine separate areas:
Sacro Monte o "Nuova Gerusalemme" di Varallo Sesia
Sacro Monte di S.Maria Assunta di Serralunga di Crea
Sacro Monte di San Francesco d'Orta San Giulio
Sacro Monte del Rosario di Varese
Sacro Monte della Beata Vergine, Oropa
Sacro Monte della Beata Vergine del Soccorso, Ossuccio
Sacro Monte della SS.Trinità, Ghiffa
Sacro Monte Calvario, Domodossola
Sacro Monte di Belmonte, Valperga Canavese
2. Encourages the authorities of Italy and Switzerland to consider a possible transboundary collaboration in an extension of the property to include other properties of this type in Switzerland.