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12 Treasures of Spain


12 Treasures of Spain

The 12 Treasures of Spain was a project that selected the purported "Twelve Treasures of the Kingdom of Spain". The contest was conducted by companies Antena 3 and Cope. The final results were announced on 31 December 2007. Nine architectural monuments, two natural monuments and a monument pictorial were chosen.


Four months after the international competition to choose the New Seven Wonders of the World, in late September 2007, Antena 3 and Onda Cero launched a campaign to elect the 12 so-called Treasures of Spain, an initiative based on the votes of the people, through internet and mobile phone. Finally, they received over 9,000 applications, and the candidates were whittled down to 20. At first they were to choose 7 Treasures of Spain, but later that figure was changed to 12.


The twelve winners in order of votes were:

Treasure Location Image
Cathedral–Mosque of Córdoba
Cave of Altamira
Seville Cathedral


Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

Teide National Park

Roman theatre

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Sagrada Família
Beach of La Concha
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Other finalists

Image Treasure Location
Castle of Almansa Almansa, Province of Albacete
Palmeral of Elche Elche, Province of Alicante
Alcazaba of Almería Almería, Province of Almería
Cabo de Gata Níjar, Province of Almería
Park Güell Barcelona, Province of Barcelona
Casa Milá Barcelona, Province of Barcelona
Burgos Cathedral Burgos, Province of Burgos
Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos Santo Domingo de Silos, Province of Burgos
Archaeological Site of Atapuerca Atapuerca and Ibeas de Juarros, Province of Burgos
Palacio de la Magdalena Santander, Cantabria
Historic City of Santillana del Mar Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
Castle of Peniscola Peniscola, Province of Castellón
Historic City of Morella Morella, Province of Castellón
Royal Walls of Ceuta Ceuta
Historic City of Campo de Criptana Campo de Criptana, Province of Ciudad Real
Tablas de Daimiel Daimiel and Villarrubia de los Ojos, Province of Ciudad Real
Hanging Houses Cuenca, Province of Cuenca
Ciudad Encantada Cuenca, Province of Cuenca
Monfragüe Province of Caceres
Alcántara Bridge Alcántara, Province of Cáceres
Historic City of Cáceres Cáceres, Province of Cáceres
Historic City of Arcos de la Frontera Arcos de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz
Doñana Provinces of Cádiz, Huelva y Sevilla
Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll Ripoll, Province of Gerona
Sierra Nevada Provinces of Almería and Granada
Corta Atalaya Minas de Riotinto, Province of Huelva
Monastery of San Juan de la Peña Santa Cruz de la Serós, Province of Huesca
Palma Cathedral Palma de Mallorca, Baleares
Bellver Castle Palma de Mallorca, Baleares
Island of Cabrera Baleares
Historic City of Úbeda Úbeda, Province of Jaén
Jaén Cathedral Jaén, Province of Jaén
Baeza Cathedral Baeza, Province of Jaén
Tower of Hercules A Coruña, Province of A Coruña
Obradoiro Square Santiago de Compostela, Province of A Coruña
Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Maspalomas Dunes Gran Canaria, Province of Las Palmas
Timanfaya Lanzarote, Province of Las Palmas
León Cathedral León, Province of León
Las Médulas Province of León
Roman Walls of Lugo Lugo, Province of Lugo
Seu Vella Lleida, Province of Lleida
Church of Sant Climent de Taüll Tahüll, Province of Lleida
Monastery of El Escorial San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Community of Madrid
Royal Palace of Aranjuez Aranjuez, Community of Madrid
City Center of Alcalá de Henares Alcalá de Henares, Community of Madrid
Cathedral of Murcia Murcia, Region of Murcia
Roma theatre of Cartagena Cartagena, Region of Murcia
Mar Menor Region of Murcia
Torcal de Antequera Antequera, Province of Malaga
El Tajo gorge Ronda, Province of Malaga
Bardenas Reales Navarre
Palacio Real de Olite Olite, Navarre
Irati Forest Navarre
Picos de Europa Cantabria, Asturias and province of León
Church of St Mary at Naranco Oviedo, Asturias
Sanctuary of Covadonga Cangas de Onís, Asturias
Church of San Martín de Frómista Frómista, Province of Palencia
Canal de Castilla Province of Burgos, Palencia and Valladolid
Monastery of San Xoán de Poio Poio, Province of Pontevedra
120px Cíes Islands Province of Pontevedra
Plaza Mayor de Salamanca Salamanca, province of Salamanca
University of Salamanca Salamanca, province of Salamanca
Historic Centre of San Cristóbal de la Laguna San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Province of Santa Cruz
Aqueduct of Segovia Segovia, Province of Segovia
Alcázar of Segovia Segovia, Province of Segovia
Palace of La Granja La Granja de San Ildefonso, Province of Segovia
Plaza de España Seville, province of Seville
Neighbourhood of Triana Seville, province of Seville
Burgo de Osma Cathedral El Burgo de Osma, Province of Soria
Archaeological Ensemble of Tarragona Tarragona, Province of Tarragona
Historic City of Albarracín Albarracín, Province of Teruel
Historic Centre of Toledo Toledo, Province of Toledo
Alcázar of Toledo Toledo, province of Toledo
Toledo Cathedral Toledo, province of Toledo
Llotja de la Seda Valencia, Province of Valencia
Peñafiel Castle Peñafiel, Province of Valladolid
Colegio de San Gregorio Valladolid, Province of Valladolid
Vizcaya Bridge Portugalete and Getxo, province of Biscay
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Bermeo, province of Biscay
Historic Centre of Getxo Getxo, province of Biscay
Zamora Cathedral Zamora, Province of Zamora
Monasterio de Piedra Nuévalos, Province of Zaragoza
Aljafería Palace Zaragoza, province of Zaragoza
Ávila Cathedral Ávila, province of Ávila
Walls of Ávila Ávila, Province of Ávila

See also


  • Los 12 Tesoros de España
  • Los 12 Tesoros de España se elegirán en Nochevieja
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