1.         Acropolis, Athens (Greece) (C 404)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Proposal for a 32m-high building in the vicinity of the Acropolis

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

The Centre has continued in the past months to receive complaints regarding the proposal for a 32m-high building in the vicinity of the Acropolis. The 26th session of the Committee requested the State Party to give urgent consideration to a redefinition of the buffer zone in order to better protect the visual setting of the monument; to undertake a visual impact study, notably concerning the site of the Acropolis; to provide information on any development projects which have an impact on the visual integrity of the World Heritage site; and finally, to submit, by 1 February 2003, a report on these matters. At the time of the preparation of this working document, no report had been received from the authorities. 

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.67

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Regrets that the Greek authorities did not provide the report requested by 1 February 2003 until 2 July 2003;

2. Recalls its request (26 COM 21 (b) 49) that the State Party give urgent consideration to a redefinition of the buffer zone in order to better protect the visual setting of the monument;

3. Further recalls its request (26 COM 21 (b) 49) that the State Party provide information on any development projects, which may impact on the visual integrity of the World Heritage property and undertake a visual impact study, notably concerning the property of the Acropolis; 

4. Urges the State Party to prevent any activity which would cause irreversible damage to the outstanding universal value of the property;

5. Requests the State Party to submit a 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.