Federico Mayor Zaragoza Closes the Cycle of Meetings “Guadalupe Destino”, Organised by Yuste Foundation

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation has organised the webinar “World Heritage Site. Exceptional Cultural, Historical and Architectural Values of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe” to be held next Wednesday, 16 December at 17.30 pm. This webinar will close the cycle of meetings “Guadalupe Destino” and will also serve to close the «25th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO».

The speakers will be the Vice President and Regional Minister of Finance and Public Administration of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Pilar Blanco-Morales Limones, who in turn is President of the Inter-administrative Committee that coordinates actions to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the declaration of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since February 2020; the Mayor of Guadalupe, Felipe Sánchez Barba and the former Director-General of UNESCO between 1987-1999 and member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste since 2008, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, who will give the keynote speech.

Mayor Zaragoza will deal with the exceptional cultural, historical and architectural values of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, a World Heritage Site since 1993.

In 1972, UNESCO established the Declaration of “Natural and Tangible World Heritage” in order to safeguard on a world scale the heritage which, because of its uniqueness, is the outstanding fruit of the creative capacity of human beings and the legacy that will be demanded by future generations.

The former Director-General will tour the history of this world declaration by incorporating the “Cultural and Natural Landscape” and “Intangible Heritage”. Finally, Mayor Zaragoza will offer his vision on this seal in the 21st century, which, in his opinion, “will be the century of the peoples living in peace and dedicating means to the quality of life”.

On 2 August, 2020, the «Holy Year of Guadalupe 2021» began with the opening of the “Puertas del Perdón” (Gates of Forgiveness), which is awaiting its recognition as an event of exceptional public interest. The main objective of this event, is to promote and energise local culture and tourism, through the recovery, valuation and dissemination of cultural heritage, the promotion of religious initiatives as a way of pilgrimage and the strengthening of ties with Ibero-America.