Rehabilitation of the Plaza de Toros of Colonia del SacramentoMunicipality of Colonia del Sacramento Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) Published on 17 October 2019
During the 15th World Congress of the OWHC, which was held in Krakow from 2 to 5 June 2019, and whose theme was "Heritage and Tourism", this project to rehabilitate an eccentric historical monument was presented as part of the session on "Overtourism", thus offering an alternative of tourist unloading of the historic centre of Colonia del Sacramento, inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The Plaza de Toros del Real de San Carlos in Colonia del Sacramento is a historical monument from 1910, which will be rehabilitated for cultural and sports shows. The international request for bids to carry out the works with transparency, just ended within the planned deadlines. The work will start during October 2019.
We will explore a novelty in America, the so-called "Open for works", so that the works can be followed by visitors. We will build a safe passage with containers under the bleachers to access the inside of the arena. It will be a very interesting cultural tourist plus for the visitors that have always wanted to enter this place.
Once the works are finished, there will be no bullfighting, since it has been banned since 1912 in Uruguay. The place will be a Cultural Center, with 2200 people seated and 2000 in the arena. Visitors will be able to enjoy top-level shows of music, theatre, dance and minor sports.
Being able to visit the Plaza de Toros outside the Historic District will take pressure off from the World Heritage site which welcomes a lot of tourists. We are rehabilitating that old Plaza de Toros for culture, knowing that we did not lose it and that we are able to work to make that place a pride for all the people from Colonia del Sacramento.
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Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro, MexicoMunicipality of Querétaro Querétaro (Mexico) Published on 14 May 2019
On December 7, 1996, the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of UNESCO, inscribed on its List the Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro. This area is one of the Mexican jewels inscribed on the List, consequently the conservation and preservation of its authenticity and integrity is a commitment of the city and of all of its citizens.
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Outstanding Universal Value of Saint PetersburgCommittee for the State Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments Saint Petersburg (Russia) Published on 15 February 2019
“The unique historical landscape of our city consists of harmonious combination of different spaces and objects. It is straight avenues, small streets, historical buildings, architectural ensembles, water spaces and city historical blocks. If you want to understand all the aspects of our city you have to look on it with eyes of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, sailors and even from a bird's eye view. And then you will understand the outstanding universal value of our city and love it”.
Heritage Storytelling of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia (United States) Published on 28 May 2018
As part of their World Heritage City Strategic Plan, Philadelphia wanted to assure that the spotlight was not only focussed on Philadelphia's center city and historic district, but also on their diversified communities, that underscored Philadelphia's designation as a World Heritage City. Listen to their stories!
World Heritage Education Programs in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia (United States) Published on 28 May 2018
The Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) developed and implemented World Heritage Education Programs, that aim to help cultivate Philadelphia’s youth into global citizens. To this end, the GPA created a World Heritage Tool Kit, which is now a prime asset for teachers, organized a World Heritage Week in the Andrew Jackson School, created a World Heritage coloring book, etc. Watch the video for a sneak peek of their programs.
A heritage promotion program for youth in Saint PetersburgSaint Petersburg (Russia) Published on 30 August 2018
The main mission of the Committee for the state preservation and restoration of historical monuments in Saint Petersburg (Russia) is restoration and conservation of historical monuments and environments of their city. And they believe it starts with education. In 2015 they launched their educational program.
San Antonio's Work PlanSan Antonio (United States) Published on 18 October 2017
This video was produced by the City of San Antonio, United States. It is the first entry received as part of this program. It was originally produced in English, and you will find subtitles in French and Spanish on the Youtube link (click on "Youtube" at the bottom right of the video to be automatically redirected to the Youtube link).
Planning of historical centres... the case of QuitoQuito (Ecuador) Published on 24 October 2017
This video was first produced as part of the Annual meeting of the Ibero-American Center for Strategic Urban Development that took place in Oaxaca, Mexico in May 2017. As the video was perfectly suited to the type of capsule broadcasted as part of this program, the OWHC offered to the city of Quito to produce the subtitles and to disseminate their work. This video was originally produced in Spanish, but you will find subtitles in French and English on the Youtube link (click on "Youtube" at the bottom right of the video to be automatically redirected to the Youtube link).
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