Heritage of Mercury
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which is the advisory body of the World Heritage Committee, announced the positive report on the nomination of the Heritage of Mercury of Almadén (Spain) and Idrija (Slovenia) on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.
After the tentative nomination of Idrija on the Mercury Route in 2007 and after the nomination of the Mercury and Silver on the Incontinental Camino Real together with Almadén (Spain) and San Luis Potosí (Mexico), which had not received enough support on the 33rd and on the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee in Sevilla (2009) and in Brasilia (2010), Idrija succeeded to fulfil the selection criteria.
The joint nomination of the Sy_CULTour pilot region city of Idrija and of Almadén, the world’s two main extraction centres of strategically important metal, is beside mercury heritage connected with technical inventions and industrial activities that had an evident worldwide impact on the moulding of cultures, economy and social changes since Medieval times. Controlling mercury extraction enabled control of the market, which became intercontinental, because of the decisive role of the mercury in the extraction of silver from deposits in the New World.
The final decision whether the Mercury Heritage will be inscribed on the World Heritage List will be accepted by the World Heritage Committee, consisted of representatives of 21 of the state Parties, and will be known on the 36th session of the committee in Saint Petersburg in Russia (June 24 – July 6, 2012).