State of Conservation (SOC)
Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (1997)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:0USD
1996: joint UNESCO/ICOMOS mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Construction of urban villas and proposed urban development scheme
Current conservation issues
As requested by the Bureau at its twenty-first session, the Minister for Culture, Youth, Family and Women of the Land Rheinland-Pfalz submitted a report on the protection and management mechanisms for the Roman Amphitheatre and its surroundings. The report provides the following information.
The winning design of the urban competition for the area north of the amphitheatre is being realized. This plan foresees a large public access area to the north of the amphitheatre. During the demolition of the old brewery buildings a Roman water system was discovered which runs across the northern half of the area. Discussions are currently being held between archaeological conservationists, the Land Rheinland-Pfalz, the Town of Trier and the investors to analyze how the archaeological findings can be taken into account in the building plans. A request has been made to put the Roman water system under cultural heritage protection.
Buildings east of the Bergstrasse: the buildings have been partly completed or are under construction. The Town of Trier points out that the architectural volume of buildings had already been reduced and that they are the result of a compromise to limit building surface in this area.
Surrounding area: National heritage preservation for the area surrounding the amphitheatre is currently under discussion (from the base of the rampart and including the vineyards on both sides of Bergsrasse/Sichingenstrasse). The Town of Trier is analyzing how further protection of the non-built areas can be realized.
The Town of Trier would welcome a workshop in Trier at which experts could discuss long-term development possibilities taking into account the importance of the amphitheatre.
ICOMOS will inform the Bureau during its session of the results of its mission to Trier.
The Bureau is requested to examine the report submitted by the Minister for Culture, Youth, Family and Women of the Land Rheinland-Pfalz as well as ICOMOS's report and take the appropriate action thereupon.
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VII.48 Roman Monuments, Cathedral and Liebfrauen Church in Trier (Germany)
As requested by the Bureau at its twenty-first session, the Minister for Culture, Youth, Family and Women of the Land Rheinland-Pfalz submitted a report on the protection and management mechanisms for the Roman Amphitheatre and its surroundings.
The Committee took note of the report given by the Representative of ICOMOS concerning a workshop which took place in Trier on 28 November 1997 concerning the archaeological remains and current construction works in the vicinity of the Roman amphitheatre.
The Committee welcomed the initiative of the German authorities for extending the protected area to include the vineyards at the east side of the Amphitheatre.
The Committee expressed serious concerns about new adjacent constructions north of the theatre which may affect its authenticity, and urges the City of Trier to negotiate with the investors the location and density of the envisaged constructions.
The Committee expressed its interest in the results of the archaeological excavations which have revealed a part of the Roman wall and a water system. These precious remains should not be destroyed and the Committee hoped that it would be possible to revise the plan so that these remains can be harmoniously integrated. The Committee requested the State Party to submit by 15 April 1998 a report on the following issues:
- revision of the plans respecting the authenticity of the monument;
- conservation and integration of recently discovered Roman remains;
- adoption of an enlarged protective zone.
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Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).