Sigüenza and Atienza Sweet and Salty Landscape
Sigüenza and Atienza Sweet and Salty Landscape is part of the Tentative list of Spain in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Sigüenza and Atienza Sweet and Salty Landscape is a preindustrial cultural landscape with a high concentration of salt mines. The area, with a number of small villages, is dominated by the towns of Sigüenza and Atienza that represented royal power.
Map of Sigüenza and Atienza Sweet and Salty LandscapeLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
This is a weird, though fairly interesting? Proposal. It's been quite a long time since I was in Sigüenza, plus this is supposed to be a cultural landscape and I've only been to one town, but seeing that there's no reviews and that It's pretty remote i'll add mine.
So...for those Who don't know Sigüenza IS a classic touristic medieval town in Spain. Wonderfully preserved with some interesting monuments. I especifically recall a mudejar House which I found somewhat remarkable and the Cathedral which is quite good.
The reasoning for the inscription seems to point in the direction of "filling a void". You see, there's a lot of WHS which can be describes as: central European medieval town along Major river. The state argues that this is different because the Rivers are minor and the "small medieval town along a small River valley" is not well represented in the list. Take that as you Will 🤷♂️
Overall I was very surprised when this site was proposed. It had never ocurred to me, but noticing the increadible ability of Spain (along Italy and Germany) to get very dubious sites into the list, i wouldn't be too surprised if this ends up inscribed. Mostly because Sigüenza is charming, well preserved, sufficiently different to make a point and, with a heavy dossier, It seems to actually bring a couple things to the table. Nevertheless i didn't grasp any OUV when I went.
For those Who want to see the site. I'm pretty sure this is one of those you must vist by car. Sigüenza is already remote, though you can fortunately go by train. Howvere the many villages around It must be almost unaccesible by public transport.
Well...and that's It.
2022 Added to Tentative List
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