|Painting in the Altamira cave|
UNESCO has declared Spanish Palaeolithic cave art found in Cantabria, Asturias and the Basque Country to be Heritage of Humanity. The dramatic Altamira cave was previously given the distinction in 1985.
The World Heritage committee of UNESCO took the decision in their 31st annual meeting held on the 2nd of this month, with the Spanish candidacy chosen last month.
There are 17 caves now protected because of the cave art they contain – they are - Tito Bustillo, la Peña de Candamo, Llonín, el Pindal, and Covaciella in Asturias; Chufín, Hornos de la Peña, El Castillo, La Pasiega, Las Monedas, el Pendo, La Garma, Covalanas, and Las Cimeneas in Cantabria; and Santimamiñe, Ekain, and Altxerri in the Basque Country.
Source: Typically Spanish