U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has authorized the nomination of San Antonio's historic Franciscan missions for nomination to the U.N. World Heritage List.
An Interior Department statement says the announcement Friday sets up the proposal by the National Park Service of the missions for nomination by the 21-nation World Heritage Committee. The committee will make its nominations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Convention.
The nomination dossier will be completed by the end of next year, with the World Heritage Committee beginning its deliberations in 2015.
The Franciscan missions include the four missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Alamo, the former Mission San Antonio de Valero.
The missions date to the 18th century.