State of Conservation (SOC)
Historic Areas of Istanbul (2000)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:407,208USD
|2000||Conservation work of the Mosaics at Hagia Sophia damaged by the ...||30,000 USD|
|1999||Completion of the documentation of the buildings and monuments ...||35,208 USD|
|1999||Historic Areas of Istanbul, Turkey||8,000 USD|
|1999||Exhibition on Hagia Sophia, Istanbul||5,000 USD|
|1998||Historic Areas of Istanbul, Turkey||5,000 USD|
|1998||Conservation work of the mosaics at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul||50,000 USD|
|1998||Technical co-operation for the “House of Fatih Inhabitants” ...||30,000 USD|
|1998||Historic Areas of Istanbul, Turkey||5,000 USD|
|1994||Historic Areas of Istanbul - Restoration of the mosaics of ...||80,000 USD|
|1994||Restoration of the mosaics of Aghia Sophia, Istanbul||30,000 USD|
|1994||Purchase of material and funding of international experts for the ...||20,000 USD|
|1992||Carrying out analytical studies on materials and structures ...|
|1991||Restoration works of the mosaics of the dome of St Sophia in ...||20,000 USD|
|1987||Equipment for Istanbul||30,000 USD|
|1987||Contribution to a training course on wood and stone conservation ...||12,000 USD|
|1986||Training and equipment for the safeguarding of Istanbul||47,000 USD|
November 1993: expert mission; October 1998: joint UNESCO / ICOMOS monitoring mission; April 1999: World Heritage Centre mission; October-November 2000: UNESCO expert mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Need for information on the Urban development Plan
- Need to monitor the structure of the buildings
Current conservation issues
The State Party, by letter of 2 October from the Permanent Delegate of Turkey to UNESCO, informed the Secretariat that:
Ø the Conservation Plan at 1:5000 scale prepared by the Istanbul Technical University was submitted to the Greater Istanbul Metropolitan Authority and subsequently, on 24 April 2000, to the Istanbul No. 1 Council for the Protection of Cultural Properties for examination.
Ø For Eminonu, the 1:500 scale Conservation Plan, an inventory of monuments located within this municipality was prepared for the first time, and in accordance with Construction Law No. 3194, the views and comments of related public institutions and organs are being sought before submission to the Council for Protection of Cultural Properties for their assessment and approval.
Ø For Fatih, the 1:1000 scale Zeyrek “conservation-oriented construction plan”, the 1:1000 scale “conservation oriented urban design plan”, the 1:500 scale Molla Zeyrek Mosque and urban design project as well as proposals based on the 1:200 scale analysis on the present state of conservation of this World Heritage protected area together with recommendations on the future physical and functional improvements have been prepared and submitted to the Greater Istanbul Metropolitan Authority. Upon receipt of their endorsement, these plans concerning Zeyrek will be forwarded to the Istanbul Council for Protection of Cultural Properties.
In August, the Secretariat received information from several non-governmental organizations and Turkish conservation experts expressing concern over the impact of the on-going extension of the underground transport system on the cultural heritage of Istanbul. In September, the State Party was requested to respond to these concerns and ICOMOS was requested to carry out a reactive monitoring mission to carry out a technical assessment. To support the process of finalizing the conservation plan of Istanbul, a UNESCO expert mission is scheduled to take place from 29 October – 5 November 2000 to confer with the national and local authorities of the State Party.
Link to the decision
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VIII.36 Islamic Cairo (Egypt)
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Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)
Classical Weimar (Germany)
Hortabagy National Park (Hungary)
VIII.38 Khajuraho Group of Monuments (India) Sun Temple of Konarak (India) Petra (Jordan) Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic) Byblos (Lebanon) Ksar Ait Ben Haddou (Morocco) VIII.39 Island of Mozambique (Mozambique) Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Nepal) Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo - San Lorenzo (Panama) Archaeological Site of Chavin (Peru) VIII.40 Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Philippines)
VIII.38 Khajuraho Group of Monuments (India)
Sun Temple of Konarak (India)
Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Ksar Ait Ben Haddou (Morocco)
VIII.39 Island of Mozambique (Mozambique)
Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Nepal)
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo - San Lorenzo (Panama)
Archaeological Site of Chavin (Peru)
VIII.40 Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Philippines)
VIII.41 Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Philippines)
VIII.42 Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal)
VIII.43 Istanbul (Turkey)
Complex of Hué Monuments (Vietnam)
The Bureau may wish to examine additional information that will be provided at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.
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Need to monitor movements which could affect the structure of the building
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
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”).