This content was published on July 25, 2021 – 19:39
MADRID (Reuters) – UNESCO on Sunday added the historic Paseo del Prado Boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of World Heritage sites.
The tree-lined Paseo del Prado in the center of the Spanish capital is home to the Prado Museum, while Retiro Park, right next to Paseo del Prado, is one of the city’s most visited attractions .
“I think it’s wonderful, it’s part of the Spanish heritage that we have to value,” said Eloy Moreno, 31, who was walking along Paseo del Prado on Sunday afternoon.
El Retiro (“The Retreat”), an urban green space with a boating lake popular with locals and tourists, was originally a palace and gardens built for the personal use of King Felipe IV in the 17th century.
“I’m not from here and the first thing I was shown was the Retiro, the Prado … Culturally, it enriches you, I think it’s very good that UNESCO l ‘included, “said Josue Garcia, 26, one of the many tourists visiting the area on Sunday.
The Paseo del Prado “was one of the first boulevards within the limits of all European cities and capitals (…) where all citizens, regardless of class, could enjoy leisure time and stroll”, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
He said the distinction was “particularly symbolic” in the current context of the pandemic, as the space had “fully fulfilled the function for which it was originally created”.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was quick to celebrate the news, tweeting “Deserved recognition for a space in the capital that values our historical, artistic and cultural heritage”.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martinez-Almeida, tweeted “Proud of our city and happy for Spain and the legacy of its capital”.
(Reporting by Jessica Jones; Editing by Susan Fenton and Alex Richardson)