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Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
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Type of site: Cultural
Date of Inscription: 2004,2006
Location: Europe, Andorra, Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Saint Julia de Loria and Escaldes-Engordany
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Description: People have harnessed the resources of the high Pyrenees throughout the millennia; the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley's cultural landscape gives a detailed overview of the harvesting lifestyle. An area of 4,247 ha, 9% of the total territory, holds frozen scenery of jagged cliffs along with high open pastures and arduous wooded valleys. Featuring summer residential houses, alpine fields, stone tracks and traces of iron smelting, the site reflects on the local mountain culture, climate change, wealth and social systems, persistence of pastoralism as well as the 13th century communal land-ownership system. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. It covers an area of 42.47 km², approximately 9% of the total area of Andorra, and is part of the second largest watershed basin in Andorra. The isolated valley is recognized as a haven for rare or endangered wildlife, and the undeveloped valley has recently been considered to be the "spiritual heart" of Andorra. It became Andorra's first, and to date its only, UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, with a small extension in 2006. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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