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Cape Verde UNESCO commitment has registered 1 site on the World Heritage list and 8 sites on the tentative list.
Some places are so interesting that it’s relevant to keep them for future generations. This is why UNESCO has built a list of crucial classified properties in which superb places stand out for their aesthetic, natural, artistic, or cultural significance.
More than a thousand places are registered as Unesco’s World Heritage worldwide. Due to my interest in visiting World Heritage sites, I compiled the UNESCO list in Cape Verde and the corresponding map.
Cape Verde UNESCO list
- Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
Cape Verde UNESCO Map
Click on the blue pins to view more relevant information about each World Heritage site in Cape Verde.
- Cidade Velha, also known as the Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande, is a small town on Santiago’s island in Cape Verde. It was the first European colonial settlement in the tropics, founded in the late 15th century by the Portuguese. Cidade Velha is known for its historical significance, as it was an important trade center for West Africa and the New World during the Age of Discovery. The town has several historic buildings and landmarks, including the Fort of São Filipe, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and the Pelourinho (pillory) square. In 2009, Cidade Velha was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique blend of European and African architectural styles and cultural heritage.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cape Verde are protected places for their cultural and natural importance.
Sites on the Tentative List
- Centre historique de Nova Sintra
- Parc Naturel de Fogo – Chã das Caldeiras
- Complexe d’aires Protégées de l’île de Santa Luzia et des Ilots Branco et Raso
- Camp de concentration du Tarrafal
- Centre historique de Praia
- Centre historique de São Filipe
- Parc Naturel Cova, Paúl et Ribeira da Torre
- Salines de Pedra de Lume