1.         Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia) (C 95bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (i)(iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   1991-1998

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/95/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1985-1994)
Total amount approved: USD 129,010
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/95/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

November 1995: fact-finding mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/95/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

In May 1996, the first European World Heritage Youth Forum took place in Dubrovnik. One hundred students and teachers from 22 European countries met and discussed World Heritage issues. They sent an appeal to the European Ministers of Culture who were meeting in Helsinki at the same time, asking for their help in order to preserve the European cultural heritage.

On September 5, 1996, the area of the Dubrovnik littoral was hit by a VIII Mercalli scale earthquake. The most affected area includes Dubrovnik itself and the nearby (10kms) village of Ston, a historic town on the Croatian Tentative List. In response to a request from the Croatian authorities, a fact-finding mission was sent to Dubrovnik. At the time of the preparation of this report, the report of the mission has not yet been presented.

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

The Committee may wish to take note of the mission report that will be presented during its session and take the appropriate action thereupon.

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.C.25

VII.2S Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia)

On September 5, 1996, the area of Dubrovnik was hit by an earthquake. In response to a request from the Croatian authorities, a fact-finding mission was sent to Dubrovnik late November to survey the effects of the earthquake. The expert mission reported that the earthquake caused minimum damage in Dubrovnik. Only some cracks dating back to the earthquake of 1979 had deteriorated.

Very serious damage, however, was caused to the historical town of Ston, which is on the Croatian Tentative List. Inside the city walls nearly all buildings were damaged and several of them had collapsed. The Committee expressed its concern about the state of conservation of the town of Ston.

As to Dubrovnik, the Committee requested the State Party to submit, by 15 September 1997, an overall state of conservation report, in order for the Committee to consider at its twenty-first session whether Dubrovnik could be deleted from the List of World Heritage in Danger.