1.         Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal) (C 723)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1995

Criteria  (ii)(iv)(v)

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/723/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1994-1994)
Total amount approved: USD 10,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/723/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

October-November 2000: joint ICOMOS/IUCN mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Need for a restoration programme

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/723/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

By 20 March 2003, a state of conservation report elaborated by the Municipality of Sintra was sent to the Secretariat announcing the designation of a site manager responsible for the World Heritage site. The document states that several elements of the World Heritage site are in a serious condition: The two Parks (Pena and Monserrate) have not yet benefited from any improvement works; the Monserrate Palace and the Capuchos Covent are in a bad state of conservation, as is the “Chalet da Condessa” that had been subject to a fire after the inscription on the World Heritage List; there is no adequate planning policy taking into account the buffer zone and the transition zone of the World Heritage site; the restoration of the historic city centre of Sintra has made little progress. The document also underlines several aspects of improvement on the site as well as the debate on the projects undertaken by the Company “Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua”. The main critical point remains the lack of a comprehensive management plan for the whole World Heritage site. It is foreseen to submit such a management plan by January 2004. 

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


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.72

The World Heritage Committee [42],

1. Taking note of the report on the state of conservation of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra provided by the State Party,;

2. Notes that progress has been achieved in view of some recommendations made in 2000, including the restoration works on the Quinta da Regaleira;

3. Further notes that several elements of the World Heritage property are in serious condition;

4. Recalls its request for a detailed management plan for the property which should have been submitted by 31 December 2001;

5. Urges the State Party to submit the management plan to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.

[42]  Decision adopted without discussion.