Atlantic Arc Heritage sites: Solidarity Day

Tower of Hércules, A Corunna

Tower of Hércules, A Corunna

World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day is celebrated every September 8th. The Organization of the World Heritage Cities was created on September 8, 1993, in Fez (Marocco). In commemoration of this big event, September 8 was declared “Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities” and all these cities are welcomed to commemorate it every year by the Organisation of World Heritage Cities (OWHC).

So as to respond to this call and facilitate the cooperation of Atlantic Arc Territories in Heritage preservation and development, we have listed more than 50 sites in the Atlantic Arc:


  • Alto Douro Wine Region Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores
  • Convent of Christ in Tomar Cultural Landscape of Sintra Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications
  • Historic Centre of Évora
  • Historic Centre of Guimarães
  • Historic Centre of Oporto
  • Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
  • Laurisilva of Madeira
  • Monastery of Alcobaça
  • Monastery of Batalha
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon
  • Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde
  • University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia

And the Fado as intangible heritage

United Kingdom

  • Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  • Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
  • City of Bath*
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  • Dorset and East Devon Coast
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast
  • Heart of Neolithic Orkney
  • Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  • St Kilda and New Lanark
  • Saltaire
  • Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
  • Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey


  • Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe
  • Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
  • Le Havre, the City rebuilt by Auguste Perret
  • Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay
  • Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (+Angers)
  • Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime: city walls and citadel
  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue/Tatihou, Manche: watchtowers

Gastronomic meal, Craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-making, Equitation and Fest-Noz as intangible heritage, as well as Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identities and Scribing tradition in French timber framing.


  • Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
  • Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
  • As Médulas
  • Roman Walls of Lugo
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • Tower of Hércules
  • Teide National Park
  • Garajonay National Park
  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna

For the intangible heritage:

  • Falconry (shared with France and other countries)
  • Flamenco
  • Revitalization of the traditional craftsmanship of lime-making in Morón de la Frontera, Seville, Andalusia
  • Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo Gomero


  • Bru na BoÏnne
  • Skelly Michael

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