State of Conservation (SOC)
Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) (1993)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
During its 17th session the Bureau was informed of the extremely negative visual impact of a new sports hall on the western slope of the hill that is crowned by the Cathedral of Santiago. Information from ICOMOS revealed that an agreement had been reached between the local and regional authorities to lower the building by 1,5 meters and to apply materials more suitable to the surroundings.
On 29 September 1993, the Permanent Delegation of Spain confirmed the agreement on the height of the building and explained that, due to a misinterpretation of indications issued by the Historical Department of the regional authority, the building was indeed too high. The project was revised and now meets all legal requirements.
Analysis and Conclusion
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Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
At its seventeenth session, the Bureau discussed the problems posed by the construction of a sports hall in the World Heritage site. Severe concerns were transmitted to the Spanish authorities. Recently, an agreement has been reached between the municipal, regional and national authorities. ICOMOS evaluated the revised project and found it to be in harmony with its historic environment.
The Committee expressed its satisfaction to the Spanish authorities for the action taken to maintain the integrity of the site.
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).