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Decision 28 COM 14B.40
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Dresden Elbe Valley)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes the Dresden Elbe Valley, Germany, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v):

Criterion (ii): The Dresden Elbe Valley has been the crossroads in Europe, in culture, science and technology. Its art collections, architecture, gardens, and landscape features have been an important reference for Central European developments in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Criterion (iii): The Dresden Elbe Valley contains exceptional testimonies of court architecture and festivities, as well as renowned examples of middle-class architecture and industrial heritage representing European urban development into the modern industrial era.

Criterion (iv): The Dresden Elbe Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape, an ensemble that integrates the celebrated baroque setting and suburban garden city into an artistic whole within the river valley.

Criterion (v): The Dresden Elbe Valley is an outstanding example of land use, representing an exceptional development of a major Central-European city. The
value of this cultural landscape has long been recognized, but it is now under new pressures for change.

2. Noting the important events associated with the City's history in World War II,

3. Invites the State Party to consider renominating the property on the basis of cultural criterion (vi) in addition to the existing cultural criteria (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v).

Decision Code
28 COM 14B.40
Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties 1
Decisions of the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee
Context of Decision
WHC-04/28.COM/14B Add
WHC-04/28.COM/14B Rev
WHC-04/28.COM/INF.14A Add