Styles

In this section you can search all our contents throughout the different stages in the history of art in Spain, to find styles such as Baroque, Gothic, Mudejar and many, many more.

Picasso. 'Guernica' Modernism and Avant-garde movements The turn of the century brought new winds of modernity. The aesthetic sensibility of the time was marked by a different, freer attitude towards art and life.

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UNESCO International Day for World Heritage

  • Plaza de Leocadia square, Toledo © Turespaña

    Plaza de Leocadia square, Toledo © Turespaña

  • Mudéjar roof in Teruel Cathedral © Turespaña

    Mudéjar roof in Teruel Cathedral © Turespaña

  • Ordesa National Park © Turespaña

    Ordesa National Park © Turespaña

  • The Festival of the Courtyards in Cordoba

    The Festival of the Courtyards in Cordoba

  • Garajonay National Park © Turespaña

    Garajonay National Park © Turespaña

  
  


"On 16 November, World Heritage Day is celebrated all over the world. ..."

On 16 November, World Heritage Day is celebrated all over the world. On that same day in 1972, the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage was signed in Paris, which established the foundations for this type of cultural protection. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase Spain as the country with the third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

In total there are 1007 World Heritage sites, distributed around 161 countries. They are divided into three categories: cultural, natural and mixed sites. They are places, monuments or sites that are considered to be exceptional, universal and unique because of their characteristics. Spain currently has 46 sites on this UNESCO list, out of which 40 are cultural, 4 are natural and 2 are mixed.

Rich heritage

The Alhambra, the historic centre of Toledo, the Atapuerca site and the Mudéjar architecture in Aragon are some of the sites in Spain that are included in the cultural site category. This category includes monuments, sites or places with an extraordinary universal value from the point of view of history, art, science, anthropology or ethnology.

In the natural property category, we find natural monuments, geological formations and places with exceptional aesthetic or scientific features, conservation or natural beauty. Beech forests in Spain and the Teide, Garajonay and Doñana national parks belong to this exclusive group. Finally, mixed sites are places that have characteristics belonging to both the other categories. In Spain we find Ibiza because of its biodiversity and culture, and the Pyrenees-Monte Perdido area.

Intangible culture

As well as monuments and natural areas, the UNESCO protects, by means of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation, fiestas, arts and traditions that are part of the country's cultural heritage. In Spain there are 13 assets in this category including flamenco, the Mediterranean diet, the "silbo Gomero" whistled language, "castells" (human castles) and the Festival of the Courtyards in Cordoba.

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