UNESCO officials have descended on Sevilla to assess the impact a controversial skyscraper will have on the city’s world heritage status.
The delegation – which will be in the city until Wednesday – has met with the ministers for planning, environment and culture, and paid a visit to the site to assess firsthand the impact the 41-storey Pelli Tower will have on the ‘historical landscape.’
In addition, the body told Spain it must deliver a report on the conservation status of Sevilla’s three world heritage monuments – the Cathedral, the Alcázar and the Archivo de Indias – by February next year.
If it decides Sevilla should be included on the World Heritage in danger list, the Andalucian capital could lose its world heritage status.
It comes after UNESCO already threatened to withdraw the city’s status if it continued to allow the 178m building to be built on the Isla de la Cartuja.
The tower, designed by the Argentinean architect César Pelli to house the offices of Cajasol bank, is currently a third of the way through completion.
The final report will be analysed at the World Heritage Committee next summer.
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