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Decision 38 COM 8E
Adoption of Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/8E,
  2. Congratulates the States Parties for the excellent work accomplished in the elaboration of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in their territories;
  3. Adopts the retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC-14/38.COM/8E, for the following World Heritage properties:
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC:
  • China: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area;
  • Japan: Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu; Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara; Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama; The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome);
  • Sri Lanka: Sinharaja Forest;
  • Vietnam: Hoi An Ancient Town; Complex of Hué Monuments;

    EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA:

    • Albania: Butrint;
    • Armenia: Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley;
    • Austria: Semmering Railway; Wachau Cultural Landscape;
    • Azerbaijan: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower;
    • Belarus / Estonia / Finland / Latvia / Lithuania / Moldova / Norway / Russian Federation / Sweden / Ukraine: Struve Geodetic Arc;
    • Belgium: Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels); Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons); Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai; Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex;
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar;
    • Cyprus: Paphos;
    • Denmark: Ilulissat Icefjord;
    • Finland: Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki; Fortress of Suomenlinna; Old Rauma; Petäjävesi Old Church; Verla Groundwood and Board Mill;
    • Georgia: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta; Upper Svaneti;
    • Germany / Poland: Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski;
    • Germany: Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch; Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau; Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl; Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg; Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz; Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg; Monastic Island of Reichenau; Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin; Pilgrimage Church of Wies; St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim; Völklingen Ironworks; Wartburg Castle; Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square; Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen;
    • Holy See / Italy: Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura;
    • Holy See: Vatican City;
    • Iceland: Þingvellir National Park;
    • Italy: Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua; Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta; Historic Centre of Florence; Historic Centre of Naples;
    • Lithuania / Russian Federation: Curonian Spit;
    • Lithuania: Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė);
    • Malta: City of Valletta; Hal Saflieni Hypogeum; Megalithic Temples of Malta;
    • Mongolia / Russian Federation: Uvs Nuur Basin;
    • Montenegro: Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor;
    • Netherlands: Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao;
    • Norway: Vegaøyan -- The Vega Archipelago; West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord;
    • Poland: Centennial Hall in Wrocław; Historic Centre of Warsaw;
    • Portugal: Historic Centre of Évora; Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture; Monastery of Alcobaça; Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon;
    • Russian Federation: Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye; Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl; Kizhi Pogost;
    • Slovakia: Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve; Vlkolínec;
    • Slovenia: Škocjan Caves;
    • Spain: Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida; Burgos Cathedral; Historic Centre of Cordoba; Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid; Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias; Mudejar Architecture of Aragon; Old City of Salamanca; Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches; Old Town of Cáceres; Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct; Poblet Monastery; Route of Santiago de Compostela; Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe; San Cristóbal de La Laguna; Santiago de Compostela (Old Town); Works of Antoni Gaudí;
    • Turkey: Archaeological Site of Troy; City of Safranbolu; Hattusha: the Hittite Capital; Xanthos-Letoon;
    • Ukraine: Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra;
    • United Kingdom: Gough and Inaccessible Islands; Henderson Island; Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda;
    • United States of America: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site; Chaco Culture; Independence Hall; Mesa Verde National Park; Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; Statue of Liberty;

    LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARRIBBEANS:

    • Argentina: Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks; Los Glaciares; Península Valdés;
    • Belize: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System;
    • Bolivia: City of Potosí;
    • Brazil: Brasilia; Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia; Historic Centre of São Luís; Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina; Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás; Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda; Historic Town of Ouro Preto; Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas;
    • Colombia: Los Katíos National Park;
    • Costa Rica / Panama: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park;
    • Cuba: Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba; San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba; Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos; Viñales Valley;
    • Dominican Republic: Colonial City of Santo Domingo;
    • Guatemala: Tikal National Park;
    • Panama: Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection; Fortifications on the Caribbean Side, Portobelo and San Lorenzo;
    • Suriname: Central Suriname Nature Reserve; Historic Inner City of Paramaribo;

    4.  Decides that retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in Danger will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies in priority;
    5.  Further decides that, considering the high number of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value to be examined, the order in which they will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies will follow the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, namely:

    • World Heritage properties in the Arab States;
    • World Heritage properties in Africa;
    • World Heritage properties in Asia and the Pacific;
    • World Heritage properties in Latin America and the Caribbean;
    • World Heritage properties in Europe and North America;

    6.  Takes note that the World Heritage Centre is in the process of harmonising all sub-headings in the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value and, as appropriate, reflects name changes of World Heritage properties throughout the text of the Statements as requested by the Committee at its 37th session, and requests the World Heritage Centre to also update the size of the property and/or its buffer zone, as appropriate, following subsequent Decisions of the World Heritage Committee concerning Minor Boundary Modifications.
    7.  Requests the States Parties to provide support to the World Heritage Centre for translation of the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value into English or French respectively, and finally requests the Centre to upload the two language versions on its website.

    Decision Code
    38 COM 8E
    Themes
    Outstanding Universal Value
    Properties 127
    Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba Archaeological Site of Troy Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua Brasilia Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki Burgos Cathedral Butrint Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl Centennial Hall in Wrocław Central Suriname Nature Reserve Chaco Culture Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye City of Potosí City of Safranbolu City of Valletta Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg Colonial City of Santo Domingo Complex of Hué Monuments Curonian Spit Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo Fortress of Suomenlinna Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz Gough and Inaccessible Islands Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu Hattusha: the Hittite Capital Henderson Island Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao Historic Centre of Cordoba Historic Centre of Évora Historic Centre of Florence Historic Centre of Naples Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia Historic Centre of São Luís Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda Historic Centre of Warsaw Historic Inner City of Paramaribo Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara Historic Town of Ouro Preto Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl Historical Monuments of Mtskheta Hoi An Ancient Town Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum Ilulissat Icefjord Independence Hall Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė) Kizhi Pogost Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Los Glaciares National Park Los Katíos National Park Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels) Megalithic Temples of Malta Mesa Verde National Park Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid Monastery of Alcobaça Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon Monastic Island of Reichenau Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias Mudejar Architecture of Aragon Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons) Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar Old City of Salamanca Old Rauma Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches Old Town of Cáceres Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin Paphos Península Valdés Petäjävesi Old Church Pilgrimage Church of Wies Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex Poblet Monastery Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe San Cristóbal de La Laguna San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) Semmering Railway Sinharaja Forest Reserve Škocjan Caves St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim Statue of Liberty Struve Geodetic Arc Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park Tikal National Park Upper Svaneti Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos Uvs Nuur Basin Vatican City Vegaøyan – The Vega Archipelago Verla Groundwood and Board Mill Viñales Valley Vlkolínec Völklingen Ironworks Wachau Cultural Landscape Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower Wartburg Castle West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord Works of Antoni Gaudí Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square Xanthos-Letoon Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen Þingvellir National Park
    Year
    2014
    Keywords
    RSOUV
    Documents
    WHC-14/38.COM/16
    Report of the Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session (Doha, 2014)
    Context of Decision
    WHC-14/38.COM/8E
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