12 Treasures of Spain

The 12 Treasures of Spain (Spanish: 12 Tesoros de España) was a project that selected the purported "Twelve Treasures of the Kingdom of Spain". The contest was conducted by broadcasters 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 of Córdoba   Córdoba, Andalusia
37°52′45.1″N 04°46′47″W / 37.879194°N 4.77972°W / 37.879194; -4.77972
Cave of Altamira   Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
43°22′57″N 4°6′58″W / 43.38250°N 4.11611°W / 43.38250; -4.11611
Seville Cathedral   Seville, Andalusia
37°23′9″N 5°59′35″W / 37.38583°N 5.99306°W / 37.38583; -5.99306
Alhambra   Granada, Andalusia
37°10′37″N 3°35′24″W / 37.17694°N 3.59000°W / 37.17694; -3.59000
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar   Zaragoza, Aragon
41°39′25″N 0°52′42″W / 41.65694°N 0.87833°W / 41.65694; -0.87833
Teide National Park   Tenerife, Canary Islands
28°15′47″N 16°36′58″W / 28.26306°N 16.61611°W / 28.26306; -16.61611
Roman Theatre of Mérida   Mérida, Extremadura
38°54′55.4″N 6°20′18.6″W / 38.915389°N 6.338500°W / 38.915389; -6.338500
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela   Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
42°52′50.2″N 8°32′39.8″W / 42.880611°N 8.544389°W / 42.880611; -8.544389
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias   Valencia, Valencian Community
39°27′16.30″N 0°21′01.31″W / 39.4545278°N 0.3503639°W / 39.4545278; -0.3503639
Sagrada Família   Barcelona, Catalonia
41°24′13″N 2°10′28″E / 41.40361°N 2.17444°E / 41.40361; 2.17444
Beach of La Concha   San Sebastián, Basque Country
43°19′03″N 1°59′12″W / 43.31750°N 1.98667°W / 43.31750; -1.98667
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao   Bilbao, Basque Country
43°16′06.98″N 2°56′03.43″W / 43.2686056°N 2.9342861°W / 43.2686056; -2.9342861


Other finalistsEdit

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
  Peniscola Castle 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 Taüll, 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 Málaga
  Puente Nuevo Ronda, Province of Málaga
  Bardenas Reales Navarre
  Royal Palace of 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
  San Martín de Tours Frómista, Province of Palencia
  Canal de Castilla Province of Burgos, Palencia and Valladolid
  Monastery of San Xoán de Poio Poio, Province of Pontevedra
  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

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