State of Conservation (SOC)
Old City of Dubrovnik (1996)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:129,010USD
|1994||Contribution to the establishment of a documentation centre in ...||50,000 USD|
|1994||Restoration of mural paintings in the Baroque Festival Palace in ...||8,000 USD|
|1992||Financial contribution to urgent activities for the restoration ...||30,000 USD|
|1992||Financial contribution for the organization of a consultation of ...||19,000 USD|
|1988||Consultation on excavations at Dubrovnik Cathedral||2,000 USD|
|1985||Financial contribution to computer equipment for the Old City of ...||20,010 USD|
November 1995: fact-finding mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Armed conflict;
- Need to extend the buffer zone
Current conservation issues
In May 1996, the first European World Heritage Youth Forum took place in Dubrovnik. One hundred students and teachers from 22 European countries met and discussed World Heritage issues. They sent an appeal to the European Ministers of Culture who were meeting in Helsinki at the same time, asking for their help in order to preserve the European cultural heritage.
On September 5, 1996, the area of the Dubrovnik littoral was hit by a VIII Mercalli scale earthquake. The most affected area includes Dubrovnik itself and the nearby (10kms) village of Ston, a historic town on the Croatian Tentative List. In response to a request from the Croatian authorities, a fact-finding mission was sent to Dubrovnik. At the time of the preparation of this report, the report of the mission has not yet been presented.
Analysis and Conclusion
The Committee may wish to take note of the mission report that will be presented during its session and take the appropriate action thereupon.
Link to the decision
VII.2S Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
On September 5, 1996, the area of Dubrovnik was hit by an earthquake. In response to a request from the Croatian authorities, a fact-finding mission was sent to Dubrovnik late November to survey the effects of the earthquake. The expert mission reported that the earthquake caused minimum damage in Dubrovnik. Only some cracks dating back to the earthquake of 1979 had deteriorated.
Very serious damage, however, was caused to the historical town of Ston, which is on the Croatian Tentative List. Inside the city walls nearly all buildings were damaged and several of them had collapsed. The Committee expressed its concern about the state of conservation of the town of Ston.
As to Dubrovnik, the Committee requested the State Party to submit, by 15 September 1997, an overall state of conservation report, in order for the Committee to consider at its twenty-first session whether Dubrovnik could be deleted from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1991 -1998
Threats to the Site:
Noting the state of exceptional emergency caused by the armed conflict, the Committee decided to inscribe the Old City of Dubrovnik on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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”).