The significance of the Alhambra and the Generalife of Granada, and their influence upon the surroundings, has been historically recognized.
By order of the Regency of the Kingdom, 10 February 1870, confirmed by Royal Decree on 21 July 1872, and amplified by Royal Decree on 11 June 1896, the Alcazar of the Alhambra of Granada, as well as their gardens and accessory structures, are declared national-artistic monuments, and Elvira's Gate is declared incorporated.
In the twentieth century, by Royal Decree on 27 July 1943 the gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife are declared Historical Gardens.
More recently, at the UNESCO Convention, which was held in Buenos Aires between 29 October and 2 November 1984, the World Heritage Committee proceeded to officially include the Alhambra and the Generalife of Granada on the World Heritage List
The significance of this is that Spain is now part of an international commitment to carefully preserve and protect the Historical-Artistic Monuments Complex and the surrounding area. It is the responsibility of the Spanish administration and the Administrative Body of the Council of Andalusia, to see that the above mentioned commitment is sustained.