1.         Medieval City of Rhodes (Greece) (C 493)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1988

Criteria  (ii)(iv)(v)

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/493/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/493/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/493/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994

The Coordinator of the MAP/UNEP Programme "100 Historical Sites" provided information on the Medieval City of Rhodes, with fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages, constructed on a part of the antique urban tissue (Hippodamos), of great historical interest dating from the Knight Templars (fortifications, castles, taverns, churches and houses) of gothic and flamboyant gothic style. This centre also includes monuments of the Byzantine period (churches, remains of fortifications), of the Turkish period (houses, mosques, baths, etc.) and the Italian period (intervention and reconstruction of the castle and other buildings).

In his state of conservation report, the Coordinator noted that inspite of the restoration work which had been carried out, the actual state of the existing monuments within the walls, and dating after the Second World War, requires first of all archaeological studies and then transformation and reconstruction.

The walls, which surround the Old City require safeguarding action as in several places they are in a state of collapse.

The Coordinator recommends: To assist in the safeguarding and enhancement of the Medieval City of Rhodes: to provide a legal framework for the main principles guiding the restoration of the buildings of the Medieval City of Rhodes in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Culture and its representatives.

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

The Committee could request the Greek authorities for more precise information on the legal protection of the Medieval City as well as to define a legal framework.

Decision Adopted: 18 COM IX

Medieval city of Rhodes (Greece)

The Committee requested the Greek authorities for precise information on the legal protection of the Medieval city as well as to define a legal framework for the main principles guiding the restoration of the buildings of the Medieval City of Rhodes.