Colca, Cajamarca & Ayacucho churches seen as potential world heritage sites

Colca Canyon in Arequipa
Colca Canyon in Arequipa

Peru has many archaeological and natural places – located in Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca and other regions – with great potential to be declared a world heritage site by Unesco, said Alberto Martorell, vice president of Icomos’ International Scientific Committee on Legal Affairs.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world’s historic monuments and sites.

Martorell told Andina that these places are Colca Canyon in Arequipa, the colonial-style churches in Ayacucho and the Andean city of Cajamarca for its cultural history regarding the encounter between Spanish colonialism and Inca civilisation.
Martorell also noted that Lord of Sipan, Huaca Rajada, El Brujo archaeological complex and Huaca of the Sun and the Moon can also be included in the Unesco list.

The expert added that the country has very rich cultural heritage that deserves to be included in world heritage sites’ list, for which it is necessary better policies for their conservation and inclusion in the Unesco Heritage list.

“There will be fewer chances of reaching the outstanding universal value according to Unesco, if we do not work seriously on the registration and protection (of the potential heritage site). In some historical sites there are works altering the authenticity of the place, we risk to lose the integrity of the site,” he stated.

Source: Andina News


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