Unesco adds Madrid’s Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park to heritage liston July 25, 2021 at 8:17 pm

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The famous Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park are symbols of the Spanish capital’s history.

People enjoy boat rides on a lake at Retiro Park on the day that Unesco added Madrid's historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of world heritage sites, in Madrid, Spain, 25 July 2021

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One of Europe’s most famous streets, the tree-lined Paseo del Prado in the Spanish capital Madrid, has been added to the Unesco World Heritage list – along with the adjoining Retiro Park.

The UN’s cultural organisation said it was in recognition of the key roles both had played in the city’s history.

Paseo del Prado is home to several prestigious buildings, among them the Prado Museum.

The Velazquez monument in front of the main entrance to the Prado Museum on the Paseo del Prado in Madrid

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Unesco described the locations as a landscape of arts and sciences.

It said the Paseo featured several prominent structures including squares with historic marble sculptures and fountains such as the Plaza de Cibeles, which it described as “an iconic symbol of the city”.

A woman covers her face from the sun and behind the Monument to Alfonso XII, which was built in 1922 in the Retiro park

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In a statement on Sunday, the Spanish government highlighted that the Paseo had been the first street of its kind to be open to all citizens – previously park-like boulevards were only open to the upper classes.

A woman takes pictures at Retiro Park on the day that Unesco added Madrid's historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of world heritage sites, in Madrid, Spain, 25 July 2021

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the recognition by Unesco was “deserved”, adding: “Madrid and all of Spain are in luck today.”

People ride bikes at Retiro Park on the day that Unesco added Madrid's historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of world heritage sites, in Madrid, Spain, 25 July 2021

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One resident of Madrid, Ana Lanchas, said Retiro Park was “the heart of the city”, adding: “I don’t know anyone who comes to Madrid and doesn’t go to the Retiro.”

A man rides an electric scooter in front of the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid

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Becoming a Unesco site can help attract more tourists from around the world.

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