Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain



CountrySpain
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationSantillana del Mar, Province and Autonomous Community of Cantabria
CoordinatesN43 22 57.1 W4 6 58.2
Inscription Date1985
Extension2008
Buffer Zone (ha)2,235
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number310
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/310
DescriptionSeventeen decorated caves of the Paleolithic age were inscribed as an extension to the Altamira Cave, inscribed in 1985. The property will now appear on the List as Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain. The property represents the apogee of Paleolithic cave art that developed across Europe, from the Urals to the Iberian Peninusula, from 35,000 to 11,000 BC. Because of their deep galleries, isolated from external climatic influences, these caves are particularly well preserved. The caves are inscribed as masterpieces of creative genius and as the humanity’s earliest accomplished art. They are also inscribed as exceptional testimonies to a cultural tradition and as outstanding illustrations of a significant stage in human history.
StatusWorld Heritage Site