Coro and its Port (1993)

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Venezuela 1970. From the series Colonial Architecture. Cathedral of Coro.

With its earthen constructions unique to the Caribbean, Coro is the only surviving example of a rich fusion of local traditions with Spanish Mudéjar and Dutch architectural techniques. One of the first colonial towns (founded in 1527), it has some 602 historic buildings. 

  • Venezuela 1970. From the series Colonial Architecture. Cathedral of Coro. 

In 2005, the property was inscribed on the World Heritage List in Danger. Heavy rains between November 2004 and February 2005 caused severe damage to a great number of structures. The situation is aggravated by the deteriorated condition of numerous historic structures, as well as the construction of inappropriate walls and fences. 

In addition, the construction of a new monument, a beach walkway and an entrance gate to the city is planned in Colina (the port of La Vela). These are located along the beach in the buffer zone of the World Heritage site, and in their present form could have a considerable impact on the values of the site and disrupt the relation of the port city with the water. 

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Other World Cultural Heritage Properties in Venezuela (on this web site). For more information about the individual properties, please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Venezuela-section. 

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