Paseo del Prado and Parque del Retiro, in Madrid, are going to be presented next year, up for 2020's WHC
Interesting to look at the length of time involved nowadays in developing a nomination and bringing it to a conclusion (unless you are Palestine of course!). Assuming it gets inscribed in 2020 it will have been around 7 years to move from conception to inception - not, I suspect, a bad timescale nowadays. I wonder how much it will have cost?
The earliest mention of this I can find goes back to Nov 2013 when the Madrid City council decided to include a budget for the project in its 2014 plans - http://www.elmundo.es/madrid/2013/11/07/527b77b90ab74060538b456a.html
The desire to increase tourist revenues in Madrid which were on a downward trend seems to have been a major "driver" - https://www.madridiario.es/noticia/405636/distritos/el-ayuntamiento-quiere-convertir- el-paseo-del-prado-en-patrimonio-de-la-humanidad.html
The article makes it clear that the idea goes back even earlier and it would appear to have emerged partly from a plan from 2011 to develop the area as an "Artistic Hub" https://www.madridiario.es/noticia/199738
It got added to Spain's T List in Jan 2015 . Subsequent years will have been filled preparing the documentation and determining when to fit it in among all the other Spanish contenders, bearing in mind the complexities of sharing out the annual "slots" among the Provinces. The lack of the Spanish Capital's presence on the List in contrast to most other capitals of Europe is obviously playing a part even though it wasn't mentioned in the early reasons.
So - of my "3 Ps" being reasons for nominating a site on the List we have "Profit" and "Pride" heavily represented. the 3rd - "Preservation" doesn't really play much part as this was pretty well guaranteed anyway!
Regarding the issue of "missing European Capitals" - we discussed this way back in 2010. The situation then was " Not on T List - Reykjavik, Oslo, Helsinki, Madrid, Podgorica, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Monaco, Vaduz, Chisinau, Bucharest, Bratislava, Tirana, Yerevan and Nicosia
T List only - Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, Minsk, Tblisi"
(I think we decicded that Suomenlinna "counted" as Helsinki)
has succeeded to date and Madrid
of course to come.
Of the othersLjubljana
is "on track" with "The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik"
doesn't seem to be active. Monaco
could be regarded as having got in on the act from its part within "Space Maritime-Mercantour"
but whether any part is within the boundaries of the "Capital" Monte Carlo I don't knowMinsk
may be active - http://eng.belta.by/society/view/belarus-considers-nomination-of-minsk-independence-a venue-for-unesco-heritage-list-98677-2017Copenhagen
has been on Denmark's T List in the form of Amalienborg since 1993 but I can find no evidence on the Web of anything happening - what's the problem? Has it missed the boat? If so is Denmark not ready to accept this and remove it from the T List? I don't think that the Jaegersborg element of Parforce Hunting can really be considered to be "in" Copenhagen!Sarajevo
is also absent from any web comment about nomination activity - one might have thought that UNESCO etc would have been keen on it.Tblisi
had been referred as long ago as 2001 but, again, lacks any recent indication of being resurrected. Indeed this article would seem to show that Georgia's priorities lie elsewhere - http://agenda.ge/news/95779/engBratislava
in fact already had (since 2002) the Chatam Sofer Memorial on its T List. no activity has been reported.Belgrade
Was added to Serbia's T List in 2015 for its 2 elements of the Roman Limes and can be expected to progress as that much larger project moves forward.