The Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Mexico
When we say that Mexico has everything, it is not an exaggeration. Currently, the World Heritage List has 1,121 registered spaces, of which 869 are cultural assets, 213 natural assets and 39 mixed assets. Until the year 2021, Mexico has 34 places, of which 27 are Cultural Heritage, 6 as Natural Heritage and 1 as Mixed Heritage. This makes it the sixth country with the largest number of registered sites worldwide and the first within the American continent. Another piece of good news is that Pátzcuaro can be a new Cultural Heritage of Humanity!
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What are the requirements to become a World Cultural Heritage Site?
The places considered World Heritage Sites are a legacy of monuments and sites of great natural and cultural wealth that belongs to all of humanity. Being part of the most prestigious UNESCO list is much more than a whim. In fact, this listing does not obey simple aesthetic criteria as such. Behind it there must be a story and complexities that are worth taking into account. This is the list of requirements that are taken into account to evaluate those destinations that seek this UNESCO recognition:
- It has to be a representation of the creative genius of the human being.
- attest to an important exchange of values and human knowledge over a period of time or within a cultural region of the world, in the development of architecture, technology, monumental arts or urban planning.
- contribute a unique testimony or at least, exceptional; of an existing or disappeared cultural tradition or civilization.
- Being a building or a landscape that is an example of a significant stage of human history.
- practice example relevant to a tradition of human settlement, use of the sea or land, which is representative of one or several cultures or of human interaction with the environment. Above all, whenever vulnerable to the impact of irreversible changes.
- be directly or tangibly associated with living traditions or events, with ideas, with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. In this case, the committee assesses that it also complies with some other criteria.
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About Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Do you want to visit Pátzcuaro and get to know its beauty first-hand? Here we leave you the information you need about What to do in this Magical Town.
This charming and mystical town, surrounded by a blue lake, you will find a wide variety of places rich in history, traditions and flavors. Patzcuaro It is a harmonious mixture of modern life with Purépecha traditions. Taking a walk through its center will undoubtedly transport you to the past through cobbled streets full of people and crafts. The churches of baroque and neoclassical style give the unique and unmistakable touch to the wide squares, and to the adobe and tile houses.
All this without counting that this beautiful city shines every November 2 with its celebration of the day of the dead.