Historic Centre of Puebla

Factors affecting the property in 1998*
  • Commercial development
  • Deliberate destruction of heritage
  • Housing
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Urban development project including the demolition of a great number of colonial constructions
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1998
Requests approved: 1 (from 1994-1994)
Total amount approved : 18,000 USD
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.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1998
22 BUR V.B.53
Historic Centre of Puebla (Mexico)

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.

Report year: 1998
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 22COM (1998)

* : 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.