In voting by 8,299 survey participants, seven Merida landmarks ranging from modern to pre-Columbian times were selected for designation as “Treasures” of the city’s cultural heritage.
The list includes: the Cathedral, Casa de Montejo, Paseo de Montejo, Monument to the Motherland, Dzibilchaltún Archaeological Zone, Peon Contreras Theatre and Haciendas.
The City of Mérida and the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals based in Barcelona, Spain have organized this campaign for choice and dissemination of the “7 Cultural Heritage Treasures of Merida” coinciding with the appointment of the city as American Capital of Culture 2017.
The aim of the campaign is to promote and disseminate the cultural heritage of Merida in a way consistent with didactic, educational and recreational goals and encourage visits to selected and targeted sites. Also, the program envisions setting new tourist routes that allow visitors to experience the rich heritage of Merida, while that citizen participation is promoted.
A total of 8,299 people have voted to choose “7 Cultural Heritage Treausres of Merida”. 907 people participated through in-person voting. In the voting over the Internet, 7,392 people participated.
The 8,299 people who participated in the campaign have issued a total of 57,818 votes. Each elector could vote for up to seven of the forty-five candidates who aspired to become “Treasures.”
From now on, 7 chosen treasures are incorporated into the Representative List of Treasures of World Cultural Heritage promulgated by the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals.
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