Crespi d’Adda - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Crespi d’Adda was added to the World Heritage List in December 1995. Two years later, the town was included in the Association of Italian UNESCO Heritage Sites.

The 1972 Convention encouraged member countries to identify and protect their cultural and natural treasures, regardless of whether they were included in the World Heritage List.

The difference between a World Heritage Site and a national heritage site lies in the concept of Outstanding Universal Value – OUV.

Sites chosen for the World Heritage List are selected based on their specific characteristics, which render them the best possible examples of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

According to these standards, Crespi d’Adda represents an important example of a Company Town from the 19th century, or villages developed near factories in Europe and North America, as part of the Industrial Revolution.