Our balconies, televisions and mobile devices have become the main open windows to the world during the COVID-19 crisis. With the aim of making this quarantine more bearable, the World Heritage Cities Group and GVAM have made the digital content of the 15 Spanish World Heritage Cities available to all audiences. From now on, it is possible to undertake virtual trips that would be unthinkable with the backpack on your back. The website https://web-ciudadespatrimonio.gvam.es/ offers us a different look at the rich cultural heritage of Spain.
How could we, if not virtually, make a route through Roman Hispania in the same day? This proposal allows knowing the vestiges of the ancient civilization “crossing” the cities of Tarragona, Segovia and Mérida.
For cathedrals lovers, what better than a trip from south to north getting to know the jewels built by our ancestors. We will pass through Baeza, Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Segovia, Cuenca, Santiago de Compostela as well as the Ibiza island.
If you keep browsing, you will discover the quintessential university towns, Salamanca and Alcalá de Henares, as well as two historic capitals before Madrid was. One of them is Córdoba, with its mosque-cathedral reflecting the Arab past of Spain. The so-called “city of the three cultures” is also present: Toledo was the political and administrative heart of Spain.
But not only the imperial city is a reflection of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Spain. For this reason, the route through the Jewish quarters of these World Heritage cities, the “Routes of Sefarad” could not be missing. In addition, based on the contents made in the year of Saint Teresa, an itinerary is also included in the footsteps of this Christian saint through no less than four destinations.
The thematic combinations and ways of discovering the past past are countless! Here we highlight some of them through narrations, texts, images and videos in sign language so the content is accessible.
Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Baeza, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, Toledo and Úbeda are the 15 cities included in the microsite. The recognition that all of them received from UNESCO constitutes for the World Heritage Cities Group, which represents them, “an honor and international recognition and, at the same time, a great responsibility in order to guarantee the protection and conservation of all those values for future generations”. With this small gesture, the Group encourages its dissemination and knowledge, essential also for conservation. We hope you like it!