Yuste Foundation Organises the I Guadeloupean World Heritage Sessions

The I Guadeloupean World Heritage Sessions will analyse how to preserve, manage and disseminate the values of World Heritage Site Assets. (15/09/2021)

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, in the framework of the Holy Year of Guadalupe, has organised the I Guadeloupean World Heritage Sessions to be held on 16 and 17 September at the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe.
The conferences aim to establish a permanent observatory on the preservation, management and dissemination of the World Heritage Site assets so that both the administration as well as civil society and research may share aspects related to World Heritage Sites by sharing experiences, raising common issues and establishing communication and reflection channels.

The programme is divided into several parts. On the one hand, the relationship between the administration, research and heritage will be delved into through speeches related to the protection, knowledge and dissemination of the assets included in the World Heritage List. On the other hand, the participants will discuss the importance of New Technologies in the preservation, management and dissemination of heritage, and finally the need to implement projects that allow sustainability, accessibility and the projection of results in the social and economic field will be discussed.

The sessions will be inaugurated by the president of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara; the mayor of Guadalupe, Felipe Sánchez Barba; the president of the Group World Heritage Cities of Spain and mayor of Mérida, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, and the director of the sessions, Francisco Javier Pizarro Gómez. The delegate of the government in Extremadura, Yolanda García Seco; the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Nuria Flores Redondo, and the delegate of the National Heritage in the Royal Monastery San Jerónimo of Yuste, Elvira Prado Alegre, will also be attending.

The speakers include the director of the Consortium of the Monumental City of Mérida, Félix Palma García; the professor of Art History at the University of Extremadura, Pilar Mogollón Cano-Cortés; the director of the Museum of Fine Arts of Badajoz (MUBA), María Teresa Rodríguez Prieto; the head of the Department of Culture and Leisure of the Universal Accessibility and Innovation Directorate of the ONCE Foundation, Mercè Luz Arqué.

The Guadaloupean World Heritage Sessions thus join the initiatives that have been carried out in other regions with this same outlook, as is the case of the sessions “World Heritage Cities of Spain: Safe Tourism”, organised in Toledo in 2018; the Forum “European World Heritage Cities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities”, held in Cuenca that same year or those entitled “Use and Management of the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities” held in San Cristóbal de La Laguna in 2019, to mention a few recent examples. All of them were

In 1993 UNESCO declared the Royal Monastery of Guadeloupe a World Heritage Site confirming the exceptional and universal value of a cultural and natural site that must be protected for the benefit of Humanity. This monastery illustrates four centuries of religious architecture in Spain, while it is linked to two events of great historical significance, the end of the Reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs and the arrival of Christopher Columbus to America.

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