The so-called Granada Convention, or the Convention for the protection of the architectural heritage of Europe, is a legally binding instrument which set the framework for an accurate conservation approach within Europe.
it was opened for signature in 1985 and entered into force on 1 December 1987 and has been ratified by most of the member states of the Council of Europe.
Thus it has become a key text in the area of the protection of the architectural heritage on this continent.
Moreover, in the period since the convention was opened for signature the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a number of recommendations to governments of member states calling on them to adapt their policies to protect the cultural heritage, the majority of which have been directed at specific issues relating
to the architectural heritage: they cover a variety of issues including documentation methods and systems for historic buildings, historic complexes composed of immovable and movable heritage, measures to promote funding support, urban open space as an essential part of the urban heritage, the control of physical deterioration due to pollution and other similar factors, natural disasters, unlawful acts, the promotion of craft trades, heritage education, and particular types of heritage such as rural architecture, industrial towns, industrial, technical and civil engineering heritage and twentieth-century architecture.