12 Treasures of Spain

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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 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.

Contest[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

The twelve winners in order of votes were:

Treasure Location Image
Mosque of Córdoba Andalusia Córdoba, Andalusia
37°52′45.1″N 04°46′47″W / 37.879194°N 4.77972°W / 37.879194; -4.77972
MezquitaCatedral20.jpg
Cave of Altamira Cantabria Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
43°22′57″N 4°6′58″W / 43.38250°N 4.11611°W / 43.38250; -4.11611
Techo de Altamira (replica)-Museo Arqueológico Nacional.jpg
Seville Cathedral Andalusia Seville, Andalusia
37°23′9″N 5°59′35″W / 37.38583°N 5.99306°W / 37.38583; -5.99306
CatedraldeSevilla2.jpg
Alhambra Andalusia Granada, Andalusia
37°10′37″N 3°35′24″W / 37.17694°N 3.59000°W / 37.17694; -3.59000
Alhambradesdegeneralife.jpg
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Aragon Zaragoza, Aragon
41°39′25″N 0°52′42″W / 41.65694°N 0.87833°W / 41.65694; -0.87833
0849 pilar ebro 2004.png
Teide National Park Canary Islands Tenerife, Canary Islands
28°15′47″N 16°36′58″W / 28.26306°N 16.61611°W / 28.26306; -16.61611
Teide Tenerife4.jpeg
Roman Theatre Extremadura Mérida, Extremadura
38°54′55.4″N 6°20′18.6″W / 38.915389°N 6.338500°W / 38.915389; -6.338500
GradasTeatroRomano.JPG
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Galicia (Spain) Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
42°52′50.2″N 8°32′39.8″W / 42.880611°N 8.544389°W / 42.880611; -8.544389
Catedral 060305.jpg
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencian Community Valencia, Valencian Community
39°27′16.30″N 0°21′01.31″W / 39.4545278°N 0.3503639°W / 39.4545278; -0.3503639
CAC noche - Valencia.jpg
Sagrada Família Catalonia Barcelona, Catalonia
41°24′13″N 2°10′28″E / 41.40361°N 2.17444°E / 41.40361; 2.17444
Sagrada Familia 01.jpg
Beach of La Concha Basque Country (autonomous community) San Sebastián, Basque Country
43°19′03″N 1°59′12″W / 43.31750°N 1.98667°W / 43.31750; -1.98667
Kontxa eskubanda eta hondartza Donostia.JPG
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Basque Country (autonomous community) Bilbao, Basque Country
43°16′06.98″N 2°56′03.43″W / 43.2686056°N 2.9342861°W / 43.2686056; -2.9342861
Guggenheim-bilbao-jan05.jpg

Other finalists[edit]

Image Treasure Location
Castillo de Almansa sobre el cerro del Aguila.jpg Castle of Almansa Almansa, Province of Albacete
Arcoiris en el Palmeral de Elche.jpg Palmeral of Elche Elche, Province of Alicante
Alcazaba de Almería.jpg Alcazaba of Almería Almería, Province of Almería
Arrecife de las Sirenas.jpg Cabo de Gata Níjar, Province of Almería
Park Güell 02.jpg Park Güell Barcelona, Province of Barcelona
CasaMila-Balcons.jpg Casa Milá Barcelona, Province of Barcelona
Catedral de Burgos II.jpg Burgos Cathedral Burgos, Province of Burgos
Monastery santo domingo silos twisted column.jpg Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos Santo Domingo de Silos, Province of Burgos
Dolina-Pano-3.jpg Archaeological Site of Atapuerca Atapuerca and Ibeas de Juarros, Province of Burgos
Santander.Palacio.de.la.Magdalena.2.jpg Palacio de la Magdalena Santander, Cantabria
SantilanaM2.jpg Historic City of Santillana del Mar Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
Castillo de Peñíscola desde el mar.jpg Castle of Peniscola Peniscola, Province of Castellón
Morella Panorama 2.jpg Historic City of Morella Morella, Province of Castellón
Ceuta Spain.jpg Royal Walls of Ceuta Ceuta
Campo de Criptana Molinos de Viento 1.jpg Historic City of Campo de Criptana Campo de Criptana, Province of Ciudad Real
TablasDeDaimiel2.jpg Tablas de Daimiel Daimiel and Villarrubia de los Ojos, Province of Ciudad Real
Casacolgantecuenca.jpg Hanging Houses Cuenca, Province of Cuenca
Rock walls in Ciudad Encantada.jpg Ciudad Encantada Cuenca, Province of Cuenca
Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.jpg Monfragüe Province of Caceres
Bridge Alcantara.JPG Alcántara Bridge Alcántara, Province of Cáceres
Caceres Spain Plaza Mayor Arco.jpg Historic City of Cáceres Cáceres, Province of Cáceres
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.jpg Historic City of Arcos de la Frontera Arcos de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz
El Acebuche 03.jpg Doñana Provinces of Cádiz, Huelva y Sevilla
Ripoll02.jpg Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll Ripoll, Province of Gerona
Nevadawikipedia.jpg Sierra Nevada Provinces of Almería and Granada
CortaAtalaya.jpg Corta Atalaya Minas de Riotinto, Province of Huelva
SanJuandelaPeña.JPG Monastery of San Juan de la Peña Santa Cruz de la Serós, Province of Huesca
Cathedral palma mallorca spain 2007 08 15.jpg Palma Cathedral Palma de Mallorca, Baleares
Castell de Bellver (Palma).jpg Bellver Castle Palma de Mallorca, Baleares
Far de n' Enciola.JPG Island of Cabrera Baleares
Ubeda - antigua carcel.jpg Historic City of Úbeda Úbeda, Province of Jaén
Jaén-Catedral de la Asunción VPSM-20110919.jpg Jaén Cathedral Jaén, Province of Jaén
Baeza - Catedral, exteriores 01.jpg Baeza Cathedral Baeza, Province of Jaén
A coruna torre de hercules sunset edit.jpg Tower of Hercules A Coruña, Province of A Coruña
Hostal dos Reis Católicos. Praza do obradoiro. Santiago de Compostela.jpg Obradoiro Square Santiago de Compostela, Province of A Coruña
Monasterio de Yuso 2.jpg Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Dunas de Maspalomas.jpg Maspalomas Dunes Gran Canaria, Province of Las Palmas
2008-12-19 Lanzarote Timanfaya.jpg Timanfaya Lanzarote, Province of Las Palmas
Pulchra Leonina.jpg León Cathedral León, Province of León
Panorámica de Las Médulas.jpg Las Médulas Province of León
Muralla.Lugo.Galicia.jpg Roman Walls of Lugo Lugo, Province of Lugo
LleidaSeu20030605.jpg Seu Vella Lleida, Province of Lleida
Taull001.jpg Church of Sant Climent de Taüll Tahüll, Province of Lleida
Escorial-sur.jpg Monastery of El Escorial San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Community of Madrid
Palacio Real de Aranjuez.jpg Royal Palace of Aranjuez Aranjuez, Community of Madrid
Universidad de Alcala.jpg City Center of Alcalá de Henares Alcalá de Henares, Community of Madrid
Murcia Cathedral.jpg Cathedral of Murcia Murcia, Region of Murcia
Teatro Romano de Cartagena.jpg Roma theatre of Cartagena Cartagena, Region of Murcia
Isla-perdiguera-mayor.jpg Mar Menor Region of Murcia
Rocks El Torcal de Antequera karst Andalusia Spain.jpg Torcal de Antequera Antequera, Province of Malaga
Punte Nuevo Bridge, Ronda - Spain.jpg El Tajo gorge Ronda, Province of Malaga
LaPisquerra.jpg Bardenas Reales Navarre
Palacio de Olite.JPG Palacio Real de Olite Olite, Navarre
SelvaIrati06.jpg Irati Forest Navarre
Lago Ercina.JPG Picos de Europa Cantabria, Asturias and province of León
Santa maria del naranco-001.jpg Church of St Mary at Naranco Oviedo, Asturias
Covadonga.jpg Sanctuary of Covadonga Cangas de Onís, Asturias
San Martín de Frómista2.JPG Church of San Martín de Frómista Frómista, Province of Palencia
Canal de Castilla.jpg Canal de Castilla Province of Burgos, Palencia and Valladolid
Mosteiro de San Xoán de Poio.jpg Monastery of San Xoán de Poio Poio, Province of Pontevedra
Islascies2.jpg Cíes Islands Province of Pontevedra
Plaza Mayor Night.JPG Plaza Mayor de Salamanca Salamanca, province of Salamanca
University of Salamanca Fray Luis de Leon.jpg University of Salamanca Salamanca, province of Salamanca
Tenerife2005 008.jpg Historic Centre of San Cristóbal de la Laguna San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Province of Santa Cruz
Aqueduct of Segovia 02.jpg Aqueduct of Segovia Segovia, Province of Segovia
Alcázar de Segovia 1-7-07.JPG Alcázar of Segovia Segovia, Province of Segovia
La Granja Palacio.jpg Palace of La Granja La Granja de San Ildefonso, Province of Segovia
Edificio de la Antigua Capitanía General de Sevilla 2.jpg Plaza de España Seville, province of Seville
Triana et la Calle Betis.JPG Neighbourhood of Triana Seville, province of Seville
Catedral del Burgo de Osma (Soria), Castilla, España.jpg Burgo de Osma Cathedral El Burgo de Osma, Province of Soria
Tarragona.Circo.Romano.jpg Archaeological Ensemble of Tarragona Tarragona, Province of Tarragona
Albarracín 2.jpg Historic City of Albarracín Albarracín, Province of Teruel
Toledo Skyline Panorama, Spain - Dec 2006.jpg Historic Centre of Toledo Toledo, Province of Toledo
Alcázar atardeciente.jpg Alcázar of Toledo Toledo, province of Toledo
Toledo Cathedral, from Plaza del Ayuntamiento.jpg Toledo Cathedral Toledo, province of Toledo
VALENCIA ES Lonja inside.jpg Llotja de la Seda Valencia, Province of Valencia
Castillo de Penafiel 7112.JPG Peñafiel Castle Peñafiel, Province of Valladolid
Valladolid San Gregorio 20080815.jpg Colegio de San Gregorio Valladolid, Province of Valladolid
Zubia jun.jpg Vizcaya Bridge Portugalete and Getxo, province of Biscay
Gaztelugatxe 4199995260.jpg San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Bermeo, province of Biscay
Olas 019.jpg Historic Centre of Getxo Getxo, province of Biscay
Catedral de Zamora (fachada principal)2.JPG Zamora Cathedral Zamora, Province of Zamora
Cloister of the Monasterio de Piedra.JPG Monasterio de Piedra Nuévalos, Province of Zaragoza
Aljafería2.JPG Aljafería Palace Zaragoza, province of Zaragoza
Ávila Chatedral main view.jpg Ávila Cathedral Ávila, province of Ávila
Avila01.jpg Walls of Ávila Ávila, Province of Ávila

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