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US attractions nominated for UNESCO list

US attractions nominated for UNESCO list
13 Feb 2014

The Spanish colonial missions of San Antonio, Texas, including the Alamo, have been nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Built in the early 1700s to convert Native Americans to Christianity, the missions represent the largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in North America.

All, except the Alamo - made famous after becoming the site of a siege during the Texas Revolution - are still active Catholic parishes.

If included, they would become the first World Heritage Site in Texas and the 22nd in the USA - joining the likes of the Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park and the Statue of Liberty on the list. 

UNESCO will make its decision in 2015. If accepted, it is estimated that it would generate $44m to $105m in additional economic activity by 2025.

Other sites on the list from around the world include Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Egypt.ADNFCR-408-ID-801693152-ADNFCR

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