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Unesco Awards in Valencia, Spain

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) tries to promote and preserve the cultural and historical heritage around the world denominating different sites and cities of particular interest.

Amongst the very best that the Region of Valencia has to offer in terms of culture, are the followings awarded with the World Heritage denomination by UNESCO:


Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List: 

Valencian Community

PictureWorld Heritage Sites
La Lonja World Heritage UNESCOLa Lonja de la Seda,
Valencia (The Silk exchange)
A World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996 is of outstanding universal value. La Lonja de Valencia. Interior facade is aesthetically unique of its kind, because of its fine Gothic architecture and Renaissance decoration of the Mediterranean art of the 15th century. Built entirely in limestone between 1482 and 1533 is an exceptional example of a secular building in late Gothic style...
The Water Tribunal in ValenciaThe Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia was inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The irrigators’ tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast are traditional law courts for water management that date back to the al-Andalus period. Recognized under Spanish law, regulates the use of water to irrigate the fertile plains of the Region of Valencia...
The Imperial PalmThe Palm Grove in Elche,Alicante
Its extraordinary landscapes, the still evident traces left behind by thousand-year-old civilisations and its intangible history shape the journey through a city in chich, obviously, one cannot ignore the beauty of its palm grove, because of course, in Elche, the thrird city in the Region of Valencia in terms of the number of inhabitants, has more plam trees than people.

It is the largest palm grove in Europe, one of Elche two assets which have been proclaimed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO...
Festival Medieval Mystery of ElcheThe Mystery Play of Elche, Alicante
Since the mid-fifteenth century it has been performed in the Basilica of Santa Maria and in the streets of the old city of Elche. It is a living testimony of European religious theatre of the Middle Ages.

This theatrical performance (protected by several laws aimed at safeguarding cultural heritage) is entirely sung, comprises two acts, performed on 14 and 15 August. Proclaimed Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO...
HuntingMediterranean Cave Art Paintings
In 1998 UNESCO declared the enclaves of Levantine cave art from the Spanish Mediterranean basin as a World Heritage Site, these include Valltorta-Gasulla, a cultural park with over 20 kilometres of winding and narrow grooves are considered to be one of the most important nuclei of open air cave paintings in the world. Today, ten of the 99 shelters with cave paintings can be visited thanks to the works which made them accessible...
Festivity Mare de Deu de la Salut-AlgemesiFestivity of "La Mare de Deu de la Salut".
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2011 is celebrated in Algemesí, Valencia where every 7th and 8th of September the streets and squares become the stage for a unique cultural manifestation, the Heritage of a tradition of centuries, which fill the streets with colourful places and music playing the movements dances performed by over 500 people.
Costumes, music and dances of a town which, from generation to generation, participates in building its own identity, conforming a feast where the audience does not exist, where everybody plays the main role...
0860 FI_ESPA—A B176Human Towers
Castells are human towers built by members of amateur groups, usually as part of annual festivities as the Festivity of La Mare de Deu de la Salut, celebrated in Algemesí, Valencia, declarated Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, allowing us to delve into the powerful and spectacular nature of castells and the values associated with these human constructions.
Castells, whose origins date back from more than 200 years, constitute a living cultural tradition in Algemesí, Valencia. The human towers, or human tower builders are formed by castellers standing on the shoulders of one another in a succession of stages
The Art of FlamencoFlamenco
Inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.Flamenco is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco, although it also has roots in regions such as Murcia and Extremadura ...
paella valenciana of chiken and vegetablesMediterranean Diet
Declarated Intangible cultural Heritage by UNESCO, is characterized by a nutritional model with its mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, grilled fish and meat (modetare in its amount) olive oil, cereals, dried fruits, and many condiments, herbs and spices, all accompanied by wine or infusions, respecting the beliefs and preferences of each community.
The Region of Valencia’s cookery is fruit of its climate and diversity, its fertile lowlands and orchards, its sea and sun makes a spectacular Mediterranean cuisine made at home with the traditional popular dishes of this Region ...
Vines and WineriesWine and Vineyard Cultural Itinerary through Mediterranean Towns
In one of the environmental conditions appropriate for growing grapes, the work of winegrowers, winemakers and oenologists has come together to turn this land into one of the most important regions in the Mediterranean area, producing very distinctive wines which afford renown to the wine creating the Denominaciones de Origen (designation of origin) Valencia, Utiel-Requena…