Galicia's Tower of Hercules gets culture minister UNESCO push

31st January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Culture Minister César Antonio Molina added his signature yesterday to the 7,000 already collected in favor of naming A Coruña's Tower of Hercules, "the oldest functioning Roman lighthouse," a UNESCO World Heritage site.

31 January 2008

MADRID - Culture Minister César Antonio Molina added his signature yesterday to the 7,000 already collected in favor of naming A Coruña's Tower of Hercules, "the oldest functioning Roman lighthouse," a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The minister considers that the UNESCO stamp - which would be the first ever for a lighthouse - would be of "vital importance" for the Galicia region. The Socialist Party Galician head also noted that if the lighthouse were to garner the support of the UN agency, it would "take on a special meaning," as 2008 marks the 800th birthday of A Coruña.

The Hercules Tower hails from the second century AD, when, during the Emperor Trajan's reign, it was erected in order to facilitate commerce. Galician artist Miguelanxo Prado has done the drawing which will accompany the lighthouse's candidacy.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

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