State of Conservation (SOC)
Hanseatic City of Lübeck (2003)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:0USD
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Demolition of certain monuments situated in the protected zone (issue resolved)
- Shopping centre and office building construction project at the market place in the centre of Lübeck
Current conservation issues
The status report prepared by the Mayor's Office Municipal Planning Division on 30 January 2003, states that the demolition works of the post office building and the council office site had been commenced at the end of 2002. A consultation meeting will be held before planning permission is granted. With regard to the council office site, no new plans exist for the moment. An Expert Committee Working Group was scheduled to meet in April 2003 to assess the plans and make recommendations. A comprehensive preservation plan has been elaborated for the Old Town of Lübeck. A management plan will be provided to UNESCO upon completion. A final decision to establish a World Heritage Advisory Board is expected in the course of 2004. The Advisory Board will be in charge of advising the city on preservation and development of listed buildings.
ICOMOS, having analysed the report, hopes that the partially reworked plans for Lübeck’s market square will be an improvement on the original project. Apart from that, the status of Lübeck as a World Heritage site should be critically evaluated in the future – particularly in comparison to the other Hanseatic cities of Wismar and Stralsund, which in the meantime have been placed on the World Heritage List.
Analysis and Conclusion
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The World Heritage Committee ,
1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for the report and the decision to change the plans for the projects on the market square,;
2. Requests the State Party and the City of Lübeck to collaborate with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in the development of the plans for the buildings; ;
3. Further requests the State Party to provide an updated report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.
 Decision adopted without discussion.
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 64
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Thanking the German authorities for the report and the decision to change the plans for the projects on the market square,
2. Requests the German authorities and the City of Lübeck to collaborate with the Centre and ICOMOS in the development of the plans for the buildings,
3. Further requests the State Party to provide an updated report by 1 February 2004 for review by the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee.
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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”).