From Crespi to the rest of the world

In June 1994, the muncipality of Capriate San Gervasio prepared the documentation to present to UNESCO the nomination of Crespi d’Adda as a World Heritage Site.

On 1-2 October 1994, the international conference “Crespi d’Adda: Reality and perspectives” was organised. The nomination was presented during the conference, which was held in the grand atrium of the historic Crespi family mansion.

January 1994: UNESCO, with the collaboration of cultural bodies to verify if the criteria for enrolment as a World Heritage Site were met, sent an internationally recognised academic expert to Capriate San Gervasio, who prepared the final report recommending inclusion.

December 1995: the UNESCO committee met in Berlin and decided to include Crespi d’Adda in the List of World Heritage Sites.

The committee based its decision on Cultural Criteria IV and V.

Criteria IV: to be an outstading example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble, or landscape which illustrates one or more significant stages in human history.

Criteria V: to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change.