1.         The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (France) (C 933bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iv)

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/933/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/933/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/933/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000

- Palace and Park of Fontainebleau Inscribed on the World Heritage List in1981
- Chateau and Estate of Chambord Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981
- Amiens Cathedral Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981
- Chartres Cathedral Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979
- Strasbourg- Grande Ile Inscribed on the World Heritage List in1988
- Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau Reims Inscribed on the World Heritage List in1991
- Paris, Banks of the Seine Inscribed on the World Heritage List in1991
- Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay Inscribed on the World Heritage List in1979
- Palace and Park of Versailles Inscribed on the World Heritage List in1979


New Information: Following the December 1999 storm, the above-mentioned French sites inscribed on the World Heritage List were seriously damaged. The French authorities provided the Secretariat with information about the major damage and estimated costs of repair. The damage was particularly severe at the following World Heritage sites:

- Fontainebleau: material damages to the roofing, 800 trees uprooted in the English garden. Damage was assessed at an amount of FF 4 Million.

- Notre Dame de Paris: collapse of a number of outside sculptures. Damage was assessed at an amount of FF 22.2 Million.

-Palace and Park of Versailles: material damage to the roof of the Palace and severe damage in the Park. Damage was assessed at an amount of  FF 250 Million.

The report was transmitted to ICOMOS for further advice.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided at the time of its session and may wish to recommend the French authorities to submit a request for international assistance in this regard.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

N/A

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 24 COM X.C.1

Property: The Loire Valley between Sully-sur- Loire and Chalonnes

Id. N°: 933

State Party: France

Criteria: C (i) (ii) (iv)

The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv):

Criterion (ii): The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape along a major river which bears witness to an interchange of human values and to a harmonious development of interactions between human beings and their environment over two millennia.

Criterion (iv): The landscape of the Loire Valley, and more particularly its many cultural monuments, illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design.

Chambord has been inscribed on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (i) alone. The revised State Party nomination incorporated this property into the cultural landscape of the Loire Valley. The Committee decided that criterion (i) is also applicable to this new inscription.

Criterion (i): The Loire Valley is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Blois, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular in its world-famous castles, such as the Château de Chambord.

Members of the Committee commended the State Party for taking into account the recommendations of the Bureau.