UNESCO adds 2 Spanish landmarks to world heritage list

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently added the iconic Paseo del Prado avenue and the Buen Retiro park in the Spanish capital Madrid to its list of world heritage sites. 

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In the announcement, UNESCO stated that two new sites added to the list played an important role in shaping the history of Spain's capital.

The Paseo del Prado is one of the main, historical avenues of the City of Madrid. The boulevard located in the city center with two rows of large trees is considered a landmark for residents here and is an important cultural tourist attraction of the city, in which there are 3 museums named "Gold Triangle of Art”: Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia Museum.

Buen Retiro Park is one of Madrid's most popular tourist attractions. (Photo: Reuters)

The United Nations agency praised the Paseo del Prado Boulevard for its striking architecture including squares with historic marble sculptures and famous fountains, considered by many tourists to be “an iconic symbol of Madrid. Near Paseo del Prado Avenue, Retiro Park is considered the "green lung" of Madrid, with a large area including 2 artificial lakes and more than 15,000 trees.

Many Spanish citizens and journalists also expressed joy at this decision: “I think this is great because this is one of the Spanish legacies that we have to appreciate because there will not be many cities in Spain that have such great things. Our Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro are honored to have been recognized as UNESCO heritage sites.”

“I think the boulevard is literally the heart of Madrid, I don't know anyone who comes to Madrid without going to Retiro, even just for a walk, a view and a drink. It is the center, the heart of the city."

“I wasn't born here, but the first thing I came to this city was at Retiro. I see this as an iconic and culturally significant place, and I think it's good that UNESCO put it on the world heritage list."

Immediately after the decision of UNESCO, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez quickly posted a congratulatory Tweet. This is a well-deserved recognition for a space in the capital that enhances historical, artistic and cultural heritage. The Spanish Prime Minister also shared, the recognition of UNESCO is an encouragement after the two sites above have just fully completed the restrictions due to the pandemic.

The Spanish Foreign Ministry also issued a statement praising the beauty of Paseo del Prado Avenue, calling it a place "for all citizens to enjoy life without distinction of class", where all citizens, regardless of class, can enjoy relaxation and green space.

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