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Daroca, Spain - claims to be UNESCO?

Author pikkle
#1 | Posted: 1 Aug 2017 01:37 
I recently returned from a jaunt to Spain and southwest France. My brother and I immersed ourselves in Mudejar architecture for a few days and even found a few sites that probably should be on that serial (anyone been to Tarazona, about 40 minutes from Zaragoza?). Anyway, we saw Teruel, Zaragoza, and several other sites. We had already been to Valencia on Corpus Christi (fun time to visit), but we love the place and decided to head back for some more of that wonderful city. Anyway, on the drive we stopped at the town of Daroca. Were the Spanish attempting to get the churches in this town inscribed or are the plaques there merely commemorative? I find it hard to believe it's the latter because they are beautifully inlaid in the churches as tiles/azulejos. Anyone who has been to Daroca doesn't need me to tell them how beautiful the city is but here is a picture of the tiles and I just wanted to get to the bottom of this because I am 99.9% sure that this town does not belong to the Mudejar of Aragon site.

Author Solivagant
#2 | Posted: 1 Aug 2017 02:58 | Edited by: Solivagant 
I note this sentence in the AB review for the 2001 extension
"The sites representing Mudéjar art in Aragón proposed for inscription were 157 in the first nomination proposal. This number was subsequently reduced by the State Party to 64, and then, after further negotiations with ICOMOS, to 6 sites. These sites are proposed to be added to the four sites of Teruel which are already on the List, making the total of 10."
Unfortunately the Nomination File for this extension hasn't been provided on the UNESCO Web site -unusual for one as late as this though the lack of the original 1986 nomination for Teruel is normal)
So - the 6 additional sites are fully accounted for without including a site in Daroca -
Tower and church of Santa María in Calatayud
Church of Santa Tecla in Cervera de la Cañada
Church of Santa María in Tobed,
Remains of the Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Tower and Church of San Pablo in Zaragoza
La Seo Cathedral in Zaragoza.

No site in Daroca Town is inscribed -100%!!!!! The nearest is Sta Maria in Tobed 33kms away from Daroca. But ones in Daroca were included in the original 157 extra nominated sites and (probably) the reduced 64. This (Spanish) Wiki page lists all 157 under a section titled "Otros monumentos mudéjares de Aragón no incluidos expresamente en la declaración de Patrimonio de la Humanidad" ("Other Mudejar monuments of Aragon not expressly included in the World Heritage inscription") .There are 5 locations in Daroca.

If one looks at Web sites mentioning "Daroca", "UNESCO", "Patrimonio Mundial" etc a large number of hits are returned! It appears that at least some of the non inscribed Mudejar sites (including those in Daroca) are simply referring to the UNESCO inscription of Mudjar Architecture in general and climbing on the bandwagonsince they also have "Mudejar Architecture"! If you read the azulejo in the photo above it doesn't actually claim that the building it is situated on is inscribed and could be said merely to refer to the inscription in general! Pedantic? Certainly!

Interestingly - nowhere on the Web have I been able to discover any newspaper etc articles bemoaning the reduction of locations from 157 to a mere 6 . Somewhere one might have thought that Daroca or elsewhere would have expressed disappointment - but one gets the feeling that the decision was made to "bank" the extension as a job well done and continue almost as if all 157 had been added!!

Author Jakob
#3 | Posted: 1 Aug 2017 15:12 
Iis there a Connection of sites which are shrunken for or during inscripton.?

Midejar Architekturen should bei in this Connection together with polish wooden churches and the wineyard of piemomt e.g..
I know there is a Connection thwhs Sites that were originaly larger or so.

Author Solivagant
#4 | Posted: 1 Aug 2017 15:59 
is there a Connection of sites which are shrunken for or during inscripton.?

We seem to have 2 rather similar Connections here - are we sure that they are adequately different and, if so, correctly assigned?
a. Reduced from broader TWHS -
b. Part of Cultural Nomination rejected -

Author pikkle
#5 | Posted: 14 Jan 2022 22:37 
Bumping my old thread because I was just in Aragon again and came across a few more of these :)

Here's one in Quinto! Just an example. They all have the same little tile signs as I had posted from Daroca. I think we got to the bottom of it but I still find it interesting.

"It was built on the ruins of a previous church, and the beginning of the construction is dated between 1401 and 1416. It is therefore a Mudejar style building from the early 15th century, designated BIC (Listed building) and UNESCO World Heritage Site."

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