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Decision : 27 COM 8C.23
White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement (Israel)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Noting the request for a modification of the original name of the property,

2. Inscribes the White City of Tel-Aviv - the Modern Movement, Israel, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iv):

Criterion (ii): The White City of Tel Aviv is a synthesis of outstanding significance of the various trends of the Modern Movement in architecture and town planning in the early part of the 20th century. Such influences were adapted to the cultural and climatic conditions of the place, as well as being integrated with local traditions.

Criterion (iv): The new town of Tel Aviv is an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century, adapted to the requirements of a particular cultural and geographic context.

The property consists of three separate zones, surrounded by a common buffer zone:


Area (ha)

Buffer zone (ha)


Zone A  (the "Central White City")



197 ha


Zone B



Zone C  ("Bialik Area")





197 ha


3. Encourages the State Party to continue monitoring development trends in Tel Aviv, and to improve where possible the control of changes in the existing fabric;

4. Recommends that height limits be proposed for the property and its buffer zone;

5. Encourages the State Party to integrate the management and conservation plans in order to guarantee their efficacy.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Israel
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 8C.23