Madrid has at its heart a Landscape of Arts and Sciences, a Landscape of Light.
A compendium of the clarity of Velázquez's skies, the feeling of Calderón's words, the classical cadence of Villanueva's architecture and the beauty of Mutis' flora.
Light, reason, culture and nature form the backbone of the Paseo del Prado and the Buen Retiro as the Landscape of Arts and Sciences, a civic, enlightened space that has evolved since the 16th century while maintaining its essence.
This Landscape of Light illuminates all the citizens and visitors who have experienced, enjoyed and felt it; it is a historical memoir of Goya and of Ramón y Cajal, of Guernica and of the Puerta de Alcalá, of the lions of the Congress of Deputies and of the legends of the House of America; it is a reminder of the wake behind the first round-the-world trip; it is the custodian of the words that make up our language and it is the trustee of the lenses that enabled us to study the skies and the seeds of our flora.
This Landscape has been a model shared with other peoples and is a strong candidate for inclusion on the World Heritage list on account of its universal value.
This Landscape of Light, overseen by multiple institutions and agencies, should serve today to illuminate us in times of darkness and to raise our hopes once again, thanks to its prodigies, many well known and others yet to be discovered.
For this reason, all the signatories express their satisfaction on sharing their commitment to the citizens of Madrid and to those from across the globe, proud of being part of and feeling this Landscape of Light.
Aware of its importance and of its unique, exceptional nature, they undertake to preserve its values, relying on the participation of its citizens so that this light from the past and the present is now, more than ever, a light for the future.
We all have an inescapable commitment to safeguarding this Landscape of Light so that it can become a World Heritage Site and its brightness can enhance the future of all Humanity.