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Burgos Cathedral

Factors affecting the property in 1993*
  • Governance
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Need for restoration works

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 May 1993 the World Heritage Centre received from an individual from Spain an extensive report suggesting serious problems as to the conservation of this World Heritage Site. The report pointed out that no appropriate institutional arrangements between the national, regional and local authorities were in place, that no restoration and conservation plans existed and that a serious lack of maintenance threatens the Cathedral.

On 16 June 1993, the World Heritage Centre informed the Permanent Delegation of Spain of this report and requested the Delegation to look into this matter.

By letter dated 13 October 1993, the Delegation transmitted reports from the Spanish Institute for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property and from the municipal authorities of Burgos. The report from the Institute clarifies that at this moment, the responsibilities for preservation are being transferred to the regional authorities but that, nonetheless, the Ministry monitors the state of conservation of the Cathedral. Both reports confirm that an Advisory Council for the Cathedral (Comision Asesora del Fabriquero de la Catedral) is in place with representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the regional and local authorities (Junta de Castilla y Leon and the Cabildo Metropolitano de Burgos), the University, the Association of the Friends of the Cathedral, etc. Furthermore, the municipal authorities stress that important measures have been taken for the protection and maintenance of the monument.


Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1993
17 COM X
SOC: Burgos Cathedral (Spain)

Burgos Cathedral (Spain)

The Committee took note of the information received from the national and local authorities, that confirm the creation of an Advisory Council for the Cathedral with the participation of the Ministry of Culture, regional and local authorities, the university and others. This Council established a Master Plan for the Cathedral in which priorities were defined for all restoration works and other interventions.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1993
Date of Inscription: 1984
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
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.