State of Conservation (SOC)
Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg (1997)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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1997: ICOMOS mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
In response to the request of the World Heritage Bureau, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Land Sachsen-Anhalt submitted a report on the state of conservation and development plans for the City of Quedlinburg which provides the following information.
In 1996 the City Council adopted an urban development plan which includes aspects such as the townscape, traffic and land-use. A design charter for the old town will be adopted by the end of 1997. The town co-operates closely in all investment projects with the competent conservation authorities. An interdisciplinary advisory council of experts provides advice on the rehabilitation work and have laid the groundwork for different support programmes.
At the initiative of the Land Ministry of Construction, a centre has been established which addresses themes such as the teaching of craft techniques, research, recycling of construction materials and information on half-timbered buildings. The half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg have suffered extensive damage and analyses have revealed that damage can be found in all parts of the town centre. To date, 240 buildings have been subject to emergency action. Extensive restoration has been carried out at the seminary Church and castle buildings as well as the green areas and Baroque and herb gardens. Furthermore, an architectural competition has been held for six open areas and a master plan has been developed to define new uses for industrial wasteland and define a strategy for the redevelopment of open areas and demolition areas.
All plans and projects are seen within the context of the World Heritage Convention and the protection of the World Heritage site. One of the main purposes of the renovation programme is to expand and create adequate visitor/tourist facilities and to improve the infrastructure.
ICOMOS will report on their mission to Quedlinburg as requested by the World Heritage Bureau.
The Bureau is requested to examine the report submitted by the Land Sachsen-Anhalt as well as ICOMOS's report and take the appropriate action thereupon.
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VII.49 Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town in Quedlinburg (Germany)
In response to the request of the World Heritage Bureau, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Land Sachsen-Anhalt submitted a report on the state of conservation and development plans for the City of Quedlinburg. At the same time and as requested by the Bureau, ICOMOS undertook a mission to Quedlinburg.
The mission reported favourably on the effectiveness of the measures already in place and the competence and commitment of those responsible for the management of the historic town. It also stressed the importance of the preparation and implementation without delay of a management plan for the World Heritage site.
The Committee commended the Ministry of the Federal State of Sachsen-Anhalt for the first report on the state of conservation of this World Heritage site.
The Committee commended the German authorities and institutions - especially the City of Quedlinburg - for their strong commitment to save this unique World Heritage site from destruction and further demolition despite a dramatic economic situation. Being aware of these tremendous economic difficulties and of the need of attracting investors, the Committee nevertheless urged the respective authorities not to permit any new building which could damage or destroy the historic ensemble of Quedlinburg.
It took note furthermore of the architectural competition for six open areas and the development of a master plan which shall also reflect the boundaries of the World Heritage site.
The Committee recommended its Chairperson to offer technical assistance on request for the completion of the master plan.
Having thoroughly examined the report submitted by the Representative of ICOMOS, the Committee requested the German authorities to submit by 15 September 1998 for examination by the twenty-second session of the Committee, a second report on the: (1) progress made in safeguarding the historic heritage; (2) results of the architectural competition and (3) adoption of the urban master plan.
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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”).