The authorities at A Coruna seem very confident about the chances of Torre de Hercules if this newspaper report about the planned activities in the city leading up to the "vote" are anything to go by!!http://www.galicia-hoxe.com/index_2.php?idMenu=86&idNoticia=433432&idEdicion=1268
It would be a big let down for the party if it is rejected - and, as "Host" of the WHC meeting in Seville, Spain would expect to get "something" out of the whole affair so it seems it is either this or the Mercury/Silver "Binomial" - or both?
From a whole series of blogs and other postings this seems to have been a very well supported and developed application dating back to around 2001 through to 2006 when it was chosen as 1 of Galicia's 2 nominations to Madrid (who then chose it ahead of Ferrol) . It clearly has a strong provincial backing from the Galician "people". A number of the web pages point out Spain's good record in getting sites accepted
The blogs seem to identify its "authenticity" as the main potential achilles heel for the application. Its origins are certainly Roman but claims of "the World's oldest operating lighthouse" are not entirely correct. For many years it was just a degraded ruin, then, in the Middle Ages a fortification, it was reconstructed as a beacon in the 17th century. Today's structure is a complete reconstruction in the form of a neo-classical building from 1791 built around the remains of the Roman lighthouse - some of which can be seen inside. http://www.galiciaguide.com/Tower-of-hercules.html
Also of course the lighting equipment etc is modern. Where ICOMOS will stand on all this I don't know - despite having read all the background papers on "authenticity" I posted in the forum on this subject! Would it have enough value simply in the form of its neo-classical form? Do the Roman remains within and its connection to those times add enough? What about the mythical aspects re Hercules? Remember "authenticity" needs to consider "form and design, materials and substance, use and function, traditions and techniques, location and setting, and spirit and feeling"!!!