Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande



CountryCabo Verde
UNESCO RegionAfrica
CoordinatesN14 54 54.5 W23 36 18.7
Inscription Date2009
Property (ha)209
Buffer Zone (ha)1,796
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number1310
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1310
DescriptionThe town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th century marble pillar.
StatusWorld Heritage Site