Two Years In, World Heritage Festival Building Tradition; Hanna Oberhofer; Rivard Report

USA – San Antonio Missions

The second annual San Antonio World Heritage Festival will commemorate the city’s historic UNESCO designation with a variety of events showcasing San Antonio’s history, culture, people, and heritage this week.

In early July 2015, the Alamo and four Spanish-colonial Missions were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, the first in Texas and one of only 1,073 cultural treasures worldwide to receive the prestigious designation.

Two years later, the celebrations continue.

“It’s an honor to be part of a global community that celebrates the legacy of all of mankind,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg, kicking off the festival in front of the Alamo on Wednesday morning. “As UNESCO puts it, World Heritage sites belong to all of the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

“The world is invited to San Antonio’s front porch.”

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