• Fecha:1998
  • Reference:874
  • Criteriom:cultural III

Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula


Exceptional Universal Value

The late prehistoric rock-art sites of the Mediterranean seaboard of the Iberian peninsula form an exceptionally large group. Here the way of life during a critical phase of human development is vividly and graphically depicted in paintings whose style and subject matter are unique.


The prehistoric wall paintings in the Mediterranean basin of the Iberian Peninsula constitute the largest body of rock art in Europe and provide an exceptional picture of human life during a seminal period of humankind's cultural development.

This collection consists of than 750 rock shelters or sheer rock walls on which signs and images have been found, ranging from simple geometrical lines to scenes depicting animals and human beings in ritual hunting and gathering, dance or war scenes.

These works date from the Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic periods, in other words from between 10000 and the 2nd millennium BC, a time when the climate stabilised and our current geological era began.

The Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula was added to the World Heritage List due to its unique and fragile nature, as well as its integration into a landscape marked by man that is of high ecological value and because of its incalculable value as artistic and documentary testimony of prehistoric times.

Territory: Autonomous communities of Andalusia, Aragon, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, the Region of Murcia and the Community of Valencia

Territory of Sobrarbe: Municipalities of Bárcabo, Aínsa-Sobrarbe, Fanlo and Tella-Sin



Ficha Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte