A towering furore

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A towering furore

SEVILLA has been declared an endangered heritage site due to the construction of a massive skyscraper opposite the historic centre.

The city is one of six Spanish sites included on a World Monuments Fund (WMF) list of 93 endangered architectural and cultural heritage sites around the world.

The 178 metre tall office block, Torre Cajasol, is already under construction, despite UNESCO also warning of the dangers of building it in July, as reported in the Olive Press.

Now the WMF, which is based in New York, adds that the building would affect “the sublime vista across its historic cityscape and riverfront.”

Construction of the building has also been heavily criticised by green and ecological groups.

The WMF issues a biennial report of at-risk heritage sites, which is decided by an international panel of experts.

“The WMF, which is based in New York, adds that the building would affect “the sublime vista across its historic cityscape and riverfront.”

UNESCO insists that it will have an irreversible effect on the city’s key historical sites, particularly in the Triana district.

The city was granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1996. However, it could lose this status as UNESCO do not think the Torre Cajasol is compatible with other buildings in Sevilla.

The New York-based WMF is also concerned with proposed housing developments along the River Tagus in Toledo.

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