World Heritage

The Nativity façade and the crypt of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005

Palau Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera) and Park Güell, also in Barcelona, were added to the World Heritage List in 1984. The heritage site was expanded in 2005 to include Casa Vicens and Casa Batlló in Barcelona, and the crypt at Colònia Güell in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, as well as the Nativity façade and the crypt of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família. All of these elements together make up the “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.

The criteria that govern the joint UNESCO World Heritage listing of these “Works of Antoni Gaudí”, including the crypt and the Nativity façade of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família, are as follows:

  • Criterion (i): The work of Antoni Gaudí represents an exceptional and outstanding creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Criterion (ii): Gaudí’s work exhibits an important interchange of values closely associated with the cultural and artistic currents of his time, as represented in Modernisme of Catalonia. It anticipated and influenced many of the forms and techniques that were relevant to the development of modern construction in the 20th century.
  • Criterion (iv): Gaudí’s work represents a series of outstanding examples of the building typology in the architecture of the early 20th century, residential as well as public, to the development of which he made a significant and creative contribution.

What does this recognition entail?

UNESCO’s World Heritage list aims to ensure cultural sites around the world, chosen for their outstanding and universal value, are identified and protected from damage or total or partial destruction.

Being listed entails inventorying elements and a commitment to conservation and dissemination of the works, as their loss would impoverish the heritage of all of humanity.

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Nativity façade and crypt of the Sagrada Família. Part of

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