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PASEO DEL PRADO AND RETIRO PARK OF MADRID GRANTED STATUS OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

PASEO DEL PRADO AND RETIRO PARK OF MADRID GRANTED STATUS OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Context:

On July 25, 2021, the historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park of Madrid, in Spain were granted the status of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Paseo del Prado:

  • The wide tree-lined Paseo del Prado, in the centre of the Spanish capital, is home to prominent buildings such as the Prado Museum.
  • It is one of the main boulevards in Madrid, Spain.
  • It runs north-south between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, with the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo lying almost in the middle.
  • It forms the southern end of the city's central axis.
  • It enjoys the status of Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC).

Retiro Park:

  • It is a 125-hectare green space, and one of the most visited attractions in Madrid’s history.
  • The name of the park literally means "Park of the Pleasant Retreat".
  • It is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain.
  • The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park.

World Heritage Site:

  • It is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • These are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other forms of significance.

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