1.         Historic Centre of Puebla (Mexico) (C 416)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (ii)(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/416/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1994-1994)
Total amount approved: USD 18,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/416/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Urban development project including the demolition of a great number of colonial constructions

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/416/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998

At the request of the national and local authorities, an international expert undertook from 1994 onwards a series of missions to Puebla. The objective was to advise on urban development plans that were being prepared in the context of a regional development programme called Angelopolis and that would affect 27 building blocks within the World Heritage site. The final report of the expert was transmitted to the Mexican authorities on 13 January 1998 for their review and a request for up-dated information on the plans for Puebla was made.

At the time of the preparation of this document no reply had been received.

Action Required

The Bureau, based on additional information that may be available at the time of the twenty-second session of the Bureau, may recommend appropriate actions to the consideration of the State Party and the Committee.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1998


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


Decision Adopted: 22 BUR V.B.53

The Bureau noted that the international assistance to Puebla had been concluded and that the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) in collaboration with the State Council for the Historical Centre of Puebla had prepared a conservation plan and urban and architectural ordinance for the Paseo del Rio San Francisco in Puebla. It requested the Mexican authorities to provide the Secretariat with the details of this plan for information.

The Bureau took note of the intervention of the Observer of Mexico who stated that the results of the expert meeting on Indicators for Measuring the state of conservation of Historical Cities (Colonia del Sacramento, March 1998) provided valuable elements for the identification of the different values of historical cities and would contribute to their understanding and proper planning in a case such as Puebla. He suggested that it would be opportune to further explore the practical application of the results of this meeting. He informed that the works in Puebla are now advancing satisfactorily.