• We are pleased to offer Mexican society this small space, which is home to all the people of Mexico and the seat of the executive power: the National Palace, he said.

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the “Mexico, World Heritage” hall at the National Palace, a permanent exhibition with a multimedia show that will provide Mexican and foreign visitors with a better understanding of our country’s natural and cultural wealth.

The president celebrated the opening of this space, which is for all of Mexican society. “We are pleased to offer Mexican society this small space, which is home to all the people of Mexico and the seat of the executive power: the National Palace,” he said.

The president explained that Mexico is the Latin American country with the largest number of sites inscribed in the World Heritage list by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). In fact, he said, "We are the country with the sixth largest number of sites worldwise and the largest number in Latin America.”

Mexico has 33 sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List: 5 natural, 27 cultural and one mixed, as well as eight intangible ones.

President Peña Nieto urged Mexicans to visit this new space, “And to feel very proud of what we have as part of our heritage, which we project to the whole world.”

MEXICO HAS BEEN PRESENT AT EVERY MOMENT IN THE WORLD’S NATURAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT: TOVAR Y DE TERESA

At the formal inauguration, President of the National Council for Culture and Arts Rafael Tovar y de Teresa offered an explanation of what the “Mexico, World Heritage” Hall will contain. He said that this is the first time a country with so many World Heritage sites has displayed them in a single place.

He explained that the 400 square meter hall displays 41 natural and cultural locations in a 27-minute presentation with multimedia techniques, which has the advantage of being able to be transported to other parts of the country, and even abroad, to show the richness of Mexico.

We have worked on this with great enthusiasm from the National Institute of Anthropology and History, the full support of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, and of course, with the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources,” he said.

He explained that the sites are presented in chronological order, from the first volcanic eruptions in the El Pinacate biosphere to Casa Barragán and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “I think that very few countries share this continuity,” he said.

The president declared that the country’s heritage registered in UNESCO, cover all the categories of this organization, “Which not only gives us a prominent position, but also allows us to demonstrate the fact that Mexico has been present at every moment in the world’s natural and cultural development.”