Seville Risks Blacklisting by Unesco

Posted on February 3, 2012


Currently in construction and rising to approximately 12 stories, the Pelli tower will cast a shadow over Seville’s cultural center. The tower is slated to stand at 40 stories when completed, and opponents fear it will belittle the riverside Tower of Gold (pictured at right).

For 4 years, Unesco has suggested that the Spanish authorities at the very least reduce the height of the tower, but the pleas have been met with refusal. In June, Unesco will be forced to make a decision relating to the city’s refusal to put the construction on hold. Unesco may choose to only put Seville on the “in danger” heritage list, or they could completely remove Seville from the list of world heritage sites.

Seville contains a monumental complex at the center of the city consisting of the cathedral, the Alcázar, and the Giralda minaretand the Archive of the Indies.

Read the full article Seville’s Unesco status threatened by 600ft Pelli tower.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.

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