City of Potosí

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationPotosi, Province of Potosi
CoordinatesS19 35 0.996 W65 45 11.016
Inscription Date1987
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 be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
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
All ThreatsSurface water pollution
All ThreatsMining
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsManagement activities
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsLegal framework
Unesco Reference Number420
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionIn the 16th century, this area was regarded as the world’s largest industrial complex. The extraction of silver ore relied on a series of hydraulic mills. The site consists of the industrial monuments of the Cerro Rico, where water is provided by an intricate system of aqueducts and artificial lakes; the colonial town with the Casa de la Moneda; the Church of San Lorenzo; several patrician houses; and the barrios mitayos, the areas where the workers lived.
StatusWorld Heritage Site