1.         Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (Peru) (C 1016)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (i)(iv)

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

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1016/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2001-2001)
Total amount approved: USD 75,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1016/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Frequent seismic activity in the region, plus flooding during the rainy season.

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1016/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

On 18 January 2005, the State Party submitted to the World Heritage Centre an outline programme for Emergencies and Disaster Reduction, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session.  The document includes a brief description of the objectives of the plan for whose implementation four general programmes have been developed, including Environmental Norms, Disaster Prevention, Environmental Management and Cultural Heritage Recuperation.  The outline programme was developed by the National Institute of Culture (INC), the Municipal Government of Arequipa, the Historic Centre Municipal Office and the Historic Centre Technical Office, with the cooperation of the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation (AECI).

The four programmes cover a wide range of activities, from heritage restoration, urban development, environmental policies, services evaluation, to monitoring.  Most of these projects are at a planning stage.  The Technical Office for the Historic Centre also sent a Revitalization Plan, including actions and progress made in 2004 in the conservation and restoration of the Historic Centre.  Furthermore, information was received from professionals and people working in the tourism sector concerning a project for the demolition of the old Tower of the San Agustín Church with plans for building a new one.  While different proposals have been developed, no proposal related to the works has been received by the World Heritage Centre.

At its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), the Committee also requested the State Party to provide information concerning the demolition of historic houses through Resolution 073-2003-INCDA; however, no information about this matter was received.

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


Decision Adopted: 29 COM 7B.97

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.121, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Takes note of the finalization of the outline programme for Emergencies and Disaster Reduction, and regrets that no information was provided on the demolition of the immovable heritage in 2003 in the Historic Centre of Arequipa, as requested at its 28th session,

4. Encourages the State Party of Peru to implement the Emergencies and Disaster Reduction Plan at the soonest;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2006 detailed information on the interventions foreseen for the San Agustín Church and Tower, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).