Cultural itinerary is proving to be a
very fertile concept. It provides an exceptional framework for the
dynamics of mutual understanding, a pluralistic interpretation of
history, and a culture of peace. It is based on population movements,
encounters and dialogue, and the exchange among and cross-fertilization
of cultures in time and space (2.a).
The concept of cultural route or
- refers to a value set whose whole is
greater than the sum of its parts and that give it its MEANING;
- illustrates exchange and dialogue
among countries or regions;
- reveals a multiplicity of dimensions
that extends and enriches its primary function (4.b).
Identification of the cultural
itinerary is based on an array of important points and tangible
elements that attest to the significance of the itinerary itself
Conclusions of the Meeting of
Experts : 'Itineraries as Cultural Heritage,' Madrid, 1994.
Within the framework of the World
Heritage Convention, cultural routes or itineraries fall under the
Convention Guidelines, and especially under Article 19, which
considers 'the series as a whole rather than the constituent elements
- To promote respect for and
appreciation of the various types of human cultural heritage, both
tangible and intangible, with a view to bringing peoples and
cultures, whatever their origin, into contact with each other.
- In light of the current trend
tending to make cultures uniform, to strengthen cultural
identities themselves in order to achieve intercultural enrichment,
and at the same time overcome the obstacles of historical lack of
understanding, and search for factors in achieving rapprochement
and harmony among peoples. This implies above all respect for
different cultural interpretations of a given heritage.
- To seek to establish cultural
openness and a professional interrelationship between the sciences
and the humanities, promote the capacity for dialogue and the
willingness to understand that no shore of knowledge, like no
shore of culture, is remote from or alien to the sphere of
knowledge as a whole.
- To understand cultural routes or
itineraries as a means of strengthening the collective
responsibility of peoples toward cultural assets.
- To enrich the domain of reflection
and analysis in its historical and cultural aspects through
cultural routes or itineraries.
- To recognize that knowledge is an
ongoing process of cause and effect that should be continuously
explored for the sake of achieving understanding of and respect
for all aspects of human activity given concrete expression in
cultural routes or itineraries, which form an integral part of
Tenerife, September 8, 1998