UNESCO to remove Sevilla from Heritage of Mankind list

THE COMMISSION of experts established by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to judge the impact of the planned Torre Pelli Tower in Sevilla have decided after much deliberation to approve the project.

Designed by César Pelli ,known for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks as the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, the 178 metre high tower is already being built on the Isla de la Cartuja in Sevilla, and the experts have concluded its construction will have no impact on the three UNESCO Heritage of Mankind monuments in the city , the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies (document repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines).

UNESCO, that seems to not agree with them, has threatened to remove Sevilla from its world heritage list if the tower were to be built.

This tower will house the new headquarters of the Cajasol savings bank and has a budget of 353 million euros. Construction started in March last year and is now expected to be completed at the end of next year, generating 4,071 direct jobs.

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