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Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches

Factors affecting the property in 1993*
  • Ground transport infrastructure
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1993
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1993**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

In October 1993, the Director-General of UNESCO received ample information on a project to construct a new bridge over the river Rio Adajo just outside the historic walls of the city of Avila and close to the old Roman bridge over the same river. This bridge would, together with another existing bridge and the connecting roads, form a kind of a 'roundabout' and subsequently attract additional traffic flows.

Given the fact that the new bridge might affect the view of the walled city, on 21 October 1993 the World Heritage Centre requested the Permanent Delegation of Spain to examine the situation as soon as possible. In view of the urgency of this matter the Centre requested ICOMOS also to investigate the situation and to report to the Centre within the shortest delay possible.


Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1993
17 COM X
SOC: Old Town of Avila (Spain)

Old Town of Avila (Spain)

In October 1993 the Centre was informed of a project to construct a new bridge over the river Rio Adajo just outside the historic walls of the city and close to the Roman bridge. ICOMOS reported that the bridge would directly affect the view on the city. The Spanish Delegation informed the Committee that complementary information from the municipal authorities was expected and that as soon as this was available, the Centre would receive a report in this respect. The Committee expressed its concern on this matter and requested the Centre to inform the municipal authorities, and ask them to study other possibilities of solving the traffic flow.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1993
Date of Inscription: 1985
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 17COM (1993)

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.