UNESCO recognizes the art of dry stone

The construction technique of dry stone has been included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

In the last meeting of the UNESCO committee, which took place in Port Luis (Republic of Mauritius) a week ago, the international organization included «the art of dry stone» in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. A total of eight European countries, where this constructive technique has been carried out since centuries ago, have participated in this candidacy. Greece, France, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Spain have promoted this declaration, which recognizes the art of building with nothing more than stones, without using any type of mortar or cement to join the stones. In Spain, the art of dry stone is present, above all, in rural areas where it has been used since ancient times to, besides other things, erect walls to level the farmlands, avoiding landslides and the consequent erosion .

Spain currently has 17 registered events in the Representative List of Intangible Heritage, which places it fourth in the list of countries with the highest number of records in this category. Likewise, with 47 declarations as Heritage of Humanity, Spain is positioned as the third country in the corresponding list.

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