Everything was ready for the 33rd Meeting of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Seville between 22 - 27 June 2009. The Committee studied 27 candidacies which included cultural and natural sites. Of them, only 11 cultural sites and 2 natural sites joined the list, as well as 3 extensions of sites already in the list. At 1826 hours of Saturday 27th June the candidacy of the Tower of Hercules was no longer a dream to become a site included in the World Heritage List pursuant to Criterion III of operational guidelines, which acknowledges the outstanding nature of the lighthouse as it bears a unique testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilisation that is living or which has disappeared.
Since that moment, the Tower of Hercules has been the only lighthouse in the World Heritage List.