UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madrid’s Paseo Del Prado and Retiro Park


Madrid — UNESCO added Madrid’s historic Paseo del Prado Boulevard and Retiro Park to its World Heritage list on Sunday.

The tree-lined Paseo del Prado in the heart of the Spanish capital is home to the Prado Museum, and the Retiro Park, right next to the Paseo del Prado, is one of the city’s most visited attractions.

“I think it’s great. What we have to cherish is part of the Spanish heritage,” said 31-year-old Eloymoreno, who was walking the Paseo del Prado on Sunday afternoon.

El Retiro (“Retreat”), an urban green space with a boat lake for both locals and tourists, was originally built in the 17th century by Philip IV for personal use. was.

“I didn’t come from here, the first thing I saw was the Prado Museum Retiro … Culturally it enriches you. I think it’s very good that UNESCO included it.” Said Josue Garcia, 26, one of the many tourists visiting. Sunday area.

Overview of Paseo del Prado
Overview of Paseo Del Prado Street in Madrid, Spain, March 12, 2020. (CarlosAlvarez / Getty Images)

In a statement by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paseo del Prado was “one of the first boulevards within the city limits of all European cities and capitals. I enjoyed it. “

He said the praise was “especially symbolic” in the current pandemic situation, as the space “performed the function originally created”.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez quickly celebrated the news by tweeting, “It deserves to recognize the space of the capital that strengthens our historic, artistic and cultural heritage.”

Meanwhile, Madrid Mayor José Luis Martinez Almeida tweeted, “We are proud of our city and happy with the heritage of Spain and its capital.”