From the Pyramids of Egypt, to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the United States’ Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and Redwoods National Park, these sites are some of the world’s most cherished and visited landmarks on Earth. Due to the worldwide significance of these culturally-rich monuments, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bestowed the designation of World Heritage Site to recognize their global significance and to help preserve them.
San Antonio now has the opportunity for its five Missions to make that world-class list. It would be the first World Heritage site in the State of Texas and only the 22nd World Heritage designation in the United States.
The National Park Service, which maintains the majority of the Missions facilities, is leading the World Heritage application process, but the entire San Antonio community can play a part in this
unique opportunity. Other World Heritage steering committee organizations include Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, San Antonio Conservation Society, San Antonio River Authority, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Texas General Land Office, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and National Parks Conservation Association.
“It’s hard to describe just how important having the San Antonio Missions elevated to World Heritage status will be for San Antonio and Texas,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “Most San Antonians know about the Missions, but their historical and cultural significance to Texan and American heritage is not thoroughly understood. We now have an opportunity to shed a very bright light on our Missions and share these irreplaceable works of art with the world.”
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