Many sites in Spain have been recognized by UNESCO for their outstanding universal value, but up until now, not one of them was located in the Spanish capital.
Madrid’s famous Retiro Park and Paseo del Prado boulevard have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision, made on Sunday, brings the total number of World Heritage Sites in Spain to 49 – the third-highest in the world after Italy and China.
Up until Sunday, not one of these sites was located in the Spanish capital. The Madrid region, however, was home to three: Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the historical center of Aranjuez and the Montejo beech forest in Montejo de la Sierra.
Retiro Park is a green refuge of 118 hectares in the center of the city of Madrid. Paseo del Prado boulevard is another icon of the capital, featuring six museums, major fountains such as the Fuente de Cibeles as well as the famous Plaza de Cibeles square...