Winning Cities of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage

This prize is awarded every 2 years to a member city of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) that has distinguished itself by an achievement in terms of conservation, enhancement or management of a property inscribed on the World Heritage List, and that is located on its territory.

This prize was created in honour of the Founder and first President of the OWHC, former Mayor of Quebec City, Mr. Jean-Paul L’Allier.



The city of Quito Ecuador was awarded the Jean-Paul-L’Alllier Prize for Heritage, 2017 edition, for its project:

Investment programs and projects for the rehabilitation of public space on private heritage property in the Historic Center

The city of Quito has been rewarded for its ambitious project that offers a concrete and viable solution to a frequent consequence of the inscription of a Historic District, namely, the impoverishment of the latter and the problems of renovations that result.

Quito has implemented a redistribution of wealth to preserve its World Heritage by putting the local community and building owners at the heart of the project’s success. This has allowed to rebuild a neighborhood life based on the preservation of the cultural richness of the district and moreover, this project has already been successfully taken over by other cities and, therefore, can be reproduced in the cities of the OWHC.


The city of Cordoba (Spain) was awarded the 4th edition of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage at the 13th World Congress of the OWHC who took place in Arequipa (Peru) from 4th of November to 6th of November 2015.

The city distinguished itself thanks to its outstanding project:


This project was selected for its tangible impact on the local population, its methodology, its solutions applicable to other World Heritage Cities, and its respect of international standards for heritage. The jury was particularly sensitive to the intelligent reuse of the historic path of the major axis that was restored. It is because of the intimate knowledge of its past that Conde Cruz street is now a leading tourist destination and a commercial district in the lives of the Cordoba residents.



The City of Cuenca, Ecuador, was honored at the XII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) held in Oaxaca, Mexico from November 19 to 22, 2013.

During its deliberations, the jury underlined the relevance of the intervention in the district of El Barranco located between the old city and the new city. This project, which is part of a cultural and landscaped path along the Tomebamba river, made it possible to improve the natural environment within the public space. The city of Cuenca has successfully conjugated the safeguard of heritage values and the creation of a recreational, cultural and sports area connected to the Historic Centre.



The City of Tunis, Tunisia, was honored during the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Sintra, Portugal. The city won the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage thanks to its restoration and beautification project of a street circuit entitled “From Zitouna to Sidi Ibrahim”.

This project, which is sustainable, remarkably offers an alternative to mass tourism and make it possible to raise the awareness of the local population of the value of its habitat.



The City of Warsaw, Poland, was honored at the Opening Ceremony of the X World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) held in Quito, Ecuador from September 8 to 11, 2009.

It was distinguished for its lighting project of illuminating the walls of its historic center. The project had the merit of solving security problems and allowed the recovery of premises by the community.