In 2019, Spain submitted to the UNESCO its nomination titled 'Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, Landscape of Arts and Sciences' to form part of the World Heritage List. This area is an outstanding urban landscape where culture and nature have come together since the mid-16th century until the present day, affording it the status of outstanding universal value.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes sites of outstanding universal value. This list was created in 1972 through The Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in order to protect heritage regarded as important for the whole of humanity and worth safeguarding for present and future generations.
Each year, countries submit proposals that are examined in depth. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage list comprises a total of 1,121 sites, spread around the world. Spain, with a total of 48, is one of the countries that, together with Italy and China, have the highest number of declared sites. Every year, countries submit proposals that are examined in depth and voted in the World Heritage Committee.