Seventeen decorated caves of the Paleolithic age were inscribed as an extension to the Altamira Cave, inscribed in 1985. The property will now appear on the List as Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain. The property represents the apogee of Paleolithic cave art that developed across Europe, from the Urals to the Iberian Peninusula, from 35,000 to 11,000 BC. Because of their deep galleries, isolated from external climatic influences, these caves are particularly well preserved. The caves are inscribed as masterpieces of creative genius and as the humanity’s earliest accomplished art. They are also inscribed as exceptional testimonies to a cultural tradition and as outstanding illustrations of a significant stage in human history.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

18 sites in this World Heritage

  • Altamira
  • La Peña de Candamo
  • Tito Bustillo
  • Covaciella
  • Llonin
  • El Pindal
  • Chufin
  • Hornos de la Pena
  • Monte Castillo - El Castillo
  • Monte Castillo - Las Monedas
  • Monte Castillo - La Pasiega
  • Monte Castillo - Las Chimeneas
  • El Pendo
  • La Garma
  • Covalanas
  • Santimamine
  • Ekain
  • Altxerri

La Peña de Candamo

Tito Bustillo

Covaciella

Hornos de la Pena

Monte Castillo - El Castillo

Monte Castillo - Las Monedas

Monte Castillo - La Pasiega

Monte Castillo - Las Chimeneas

Santimamine

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Spain 
Category
Cultural
Name
Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(iii)
Year of Registered
1985
Year of Revised
2008
Keyword
Cave, Registered in 1985, Revised in 2008