Unesco will not include the work of Gaudí in Barcelona on the list of Heritage in Danger
The Unesco World Heritage Committee, meeting in Sevilla in its XXXIII assembly, today ruled out including the work of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona on the list of Heritage in Danger. The Committee therefore accepted the defence of the Spanish Unesco Committee of the preservation measures included in the project for the high speed AVE railway under the ground of the Sagrada Familia.
Unesco sources told Europa Press that the World Heritage Committee today examined the dossier about the potential impact of the rail project on the Sagrada Familia cathedral, at the same time as the very Administrator of Railway Infrastructures (Adif), as ultimate developer of the building works, stated that the work in the far north of the tunnel – from the junction of the Mallorca and Biscaia streets through to the future La Sagrera station – would not affect the Sagrada Familia.
The Spanish Unesco Committee put before the World Heritage Committee the protective measures adopted in the project, which plans an underground rail route under the surroundings of the Sagrada Familia.
Finally, the World Heritage Committee accepted the reasons put forward by the Spanish delegation and ultimately ruled out the possibility of including the legacy of Gaudi in Barcelona, also consisting of other heritage assets such as the houses Milá and Batlló or the Güell Park, on the List of Heritage in Danger.