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Visit the Alhambra for free on World Heritage Day

Visiting the Alhambra with a Polish guide in Granada

View from the Alhambra to the Albaicin

On November 16, 1972, the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was signed in Paris. The designation of monuments as World Heritage is a recognition that UNESCO grants to places of outstanding universal value, and their use, protection and promotion becomes a task for all nations. World Heritage Day falls on November 16 every year. Established by UNESCO, it aims to highlight the importance of protecting unique cultural and natural sites around the world.

The celebrations promote awareness of the importance of preserving these places for future generations. UNESCO encourages active community involvement in heritage protection through educational events, cultural activities and visits to symbolic sites. This celebration is crucial to promoting understanding and respect for the cultural and natural diversity of our planet.

UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is an international UN agency established in 1945. Its aim is to support cooperation between Member States in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO works to protect world heritage, promote press freedom, gender equality, education for all, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

On Granada's World Heritage Day, the charm of this Spanish city comes to life in a special way as residents and tourists immerse themselves in its cultural and historical riches.

Visiting monuments such as the Alhambra becomes a unique opportunity for visitors to cross the threshold of time and space, to immerse themselves in the history that has made Granada not only place, but a truly spiritual heritage. On this day, the majestic arches, delicate tiles and intricately decorated courtyards of the Alhambra become an arena for admiration, contemplation and a feeling of connection with the past. The Alhambra and Generalife joined the list of protected places on November 2, 1984.

The Patronage of the Alhambra and Generalife, under the authority of the Tourism, Culture and Sports Council, celebrates International World Heritage Day with an open day on November 16 and a wide program of cultural activities for all ages from November 11 to 19.

Granada residents and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy this festive day and take part in the events organized around International World Heritage Day. People interested in visiting the Alhambra and Generalife can book tickets from November 13 on the official ticket sales website:

Visiting the monuments of Dobla de Oro (Bañuelo, Maristán, Casa morisca Horno de Oro and Palacio de Dar al-Horra) will also be free of charge.

There will also be educational activities, such as conferences and workshops, as a forum for knowledge exchange and reflection on the importance of cultural heritage. Museums will open their rooms to share the history and secrets of works of art, becoming a place where the past meets the present, and tradition meets modernity.

All cultural events, from concerts to theater performances, enrich the atmosphere of celebration. The sounds of flamenco echo through the streets, and historic sites become stages for artistic expressions celebrating the musical and theatrical heritage of Andalusia.

Activities in which the local community takes an active part demonstrate their commitment to heritage protection. From conservation work to social campaigns, residents practically participate in preserving heritage for future generations, while shaping social bonds.

The promotion of cultural tourism becomes a key element of the celebrations as residents and entrepreneurs join forces to highlight Granada's uniqueness as a cultural destination. Special routes, cultural events and initiatives supporting local artists contribute to strengthening the position of Granada as a place that tempts tourists not only with the beauty of the landscape, but also with the deep history that can be felt in every monument, street and square.

The celebration of World Heritage Day in Granada is therefore not only a time to celebrate the past, but also a manifestation of concern for the future. It is a common celebration that integrates the local community, including visitors, to enjoy the heritage that makes Granada an unforgettable place on the map of cultural wealth.

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