1.         Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments (Slovakia) (C 620bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1993

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/620/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1995-2001)
Total amount approved: USD 43,333
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/620/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Quarrying of travertine

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/620/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

The World Heritage Centre received a brief report on the state of conservation of the property on 31 January 2004. Conservation projects are continuing to be undertaken at Spišsky Hrad, Žehra, and Spišsky Kapitula. Exterior lighting has been installed at Spis Castle and the interior of the chapel has also been restored. At Spisska Kapitula, roofs of the complex of the Cathedral were upgraded with state support. The activity to stabilise the microclimate of the Chuch of the Holy Spirit in Zehra was completed in 2003 with International Assistance.


The mining of travertine has come to an end within the protected natural reserve at Dreveník. It will continue outside the protected area, using a minimum-intervention technique of re-cultivation mining, developed under the supervision of the State Nature Protection Office.


Construction of a new section of the motorway between Jablonov and Behárovce, near Spišsky Podhradý, which was reported when the property was nominated in 1993, is now in progress. The Monuments Board and the Commission of the Ministry of Culture for the Preservation of World Heritage Sites in Slovakia are closely monitoring its implementation.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.96

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Taking note of the state of conservation report provided by the State Party (Decision 27 COM 7B.75),

2. Congratulates the State Party for the conservation efforts undertaken at the property in particular in halting the mining of travertine in the protected area;

3. Encourages the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS informed of any future projects, particularly on mining, that may have an impact on the property.