1.         Burgos Cathedral (Spain) (C 316bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1984

Criteria  (ii)(iv)(vi)

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/316/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/316/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/316/

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.


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


Decision Adopted: 17 COM X

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.