Prehistoric Rock Art Trails

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Destinations of the Rock Art Cultur..
Destinations of the Rock Art Cultur..
16/07/2018
The importance of the rock art sites in the member states of the Council of Europe has been recognised by UNESCO. Since 1976, different areas and sites have been listed as World Heritage. Currently 11 rock art sites have this recognition in the 47 states of the Council of Europe. Today, more t..
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PRAT-CARP takes part of the new pro..
PRAT-CARP takes part of the new pro..
22/03/2018
La Secretaria de Estado de Turismo, Matilde Asián González, ha formalizado hoy un protocolo de colaboración que da luz verde a la creación de la marca "Rutas Culturales de España" que integra a cinco itinerarios culturales de especial relevancia en n..
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ART-POINTS PROJECT BEGINS TESTING P..
ART-POINTS PROJECT BEGINS TESTING P..
21/03/2018
With the installation of the first beacons with the NFC application and BI-DI code, the ART-POINTS project testing period begins. Developed by the company Smooply Solutions https://www.smooply.com/ and co-financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain, thi..
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A Cultural Route of Council of Europe

The Cultural Route CARP offers 112 great Archaeological and Rock Art sites with the main scientific, cultural, artist and archaeological interest. All these sites are opened to the knowledge and the enjoyment of the European and World society. Currently, more than 1.9 million visitors come each year to the places where the first inhabitants of Europe produced their transcendental rock art, an art full of symbolism motivated by religious belief and full of references to Nature, forming the first Cultural Landscapes of Europe.The vast majority of these places have a great symbolic value and are part of the European Cultural Heritage, but also they are elements that support the local identity. This symbolic value has been recognized in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.The relationship between Prehistoric Rock Art and Landscape is used to produce a thematic tourism offer that integrates Culture and Nature, Landscape and Cultural Heritage. This contributes to a sustainable development of the rural communities where are located all the sites that compose the Cultural Route.

EUROPEAN CULTURAL ROUTE & UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

More than 150 Rock Art sites are open to the public in Europe, concentrated in countries like Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, and particularly, France and Spain. Many are small sites (a cave, a rock shelter, a small museum ...), but there are locations with significant tourism infrastructures where it is possible to see large archaeological sites. The cultural and tourist interest of the first art of the Prehistory of Europe has been noted by UNESCO recognising as World Heritage 9 sites: Alta (Norway), Tanum (Sweden), Brú-na-Bóinne (Ireland), Valcamonica (Italy), the caves of the Vézère Valley (France), Altamira and other caves of the Cantabrian Region (Spain), the rock shelters with Levantine Art of the Mediterranean Coast (Spain), Foz Côa and Siega Verde sites (Portugal-Spain) and the Cave of Pont d'Arc named Chauvet (France). To this list we can added the Medieval Rock Art from the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (Basilicata, Italy).


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