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Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Factors affecting the property in 2007*
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Construction of a hotel in the buffer zone of the World Heritage property, not in conformity with provisions of the Master Plan, which was part of the Management Plan included in the nomination file. 

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2007

Total amount provided to the property: USD 190,000

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2007
Requests approved: 1 (from 1995-1995)
Total amount approved : 15,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2007**

ICOMOS mission 21-24 June 2006

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

The State Party informed the World Heritage Centre on 9 January 2007 about the establishment of a group of experts to examine the situation and find alternative solutions in conformity with the Vienna Memorandum (2005) and the Management Plan of the World Heritage property.

The State Party informed the World Heritage Centre on 31 January 2007 that:

a) The hotel’s investor is in possession of a 2004 permit from the Municipality for reconstruction, extension, and enlargement of the hotel;

b) The works for the construction of the hotel were suspended immediately upon receipt of Decision 30 COM 7B.82 of the World Heritage Committee;

c) The Management Plan will be applied in the nominated area and buffer zones. The funds required to develop in detail all components of the Master Plan, which is part of the Management Plan, have been approved;

d) The process of drafting alternative designs for the hotel has been initiated. An alternative design has been produced and was submitted to the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS for review. However, the Commission to Preserve National Monuments concluded that this design is not in accordance with the Committee’s decision and would not represent a final and satisfactory solution. For that reason, the State Party requested UNESCO’s assistance to fully implement Decision 30 COM 7B.82, to continue to search for a suitable alternative solution for the hotel to be presented to the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee, and to provide further expertise and technical assistance until a final and satisfactory solution has been achieved.

The alternative design that has been produced included renovation of the green buffer zone around the construction, introduction of green areas on all the levels of the structure, enrichment of frontage walls, and changes to the frontage textures. The dimensions of the upper floors structure have been diminished, the swimming pool complex had its surface scaled down and its roof removed and a number of rooms on the last floors of two blocks were removed. The whole structure was reduced by a total of 1.766 square metres of enclosed space. These considerable efforts must be acknowledged. However, despite the reduction of space in the revised design and the introduction of green areas, the current project does not fully address the visual impacts of the structure, in conformity with the land use provisions of the Master Plan and Management Plan.

The State Party also reported on the activities of the “Stari Grad” Agency in 2006, responsible for the preservation of the World Heritage property and the implementation of the Management Plan. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2007
31 COM 7B.93
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.82, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Acknowledges that the works for the construction of the hotel were suspended immediately upon receipt of Decision 30 COM 7B.82;

4.       Encourages the State Party to continue the efforts towards identifying appropriate solutions to protect the Outstanding Universal Value and the integrity of the property;

5.       Urges the State Party to continue examining the situation in order to find alternative solutions for the volume and the design of the hotel, in the spirit of the Vienna Memorandum “World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture, Managing the Historic Urban Landscape” (2005) and to minimize the negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and in conformity with the Management Plan of the World Heritage property, in collaboration with UNESCO and ICOMOS;

6.       Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an updated report by 1 February 2008 on the state of conservation of the property and progress made with an alternative design of the construction project, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008. 

Draft Decision: 31 COM 7B.93

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.82, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3. Acknowledges that the works for the construction of the hotel were suspended immediately upon receipt of Decision 30 COM 7B.82;

4. Encourages the State Party to continue the efforts towards identifying appropriate solutions to protect the Outstanding Universal Value and the integrity of the property;

5. Urges the State Party to continue examining the situation in order to find alternative solutions for the volume and the design of the hotel in conformity with the Vienna Memorandum (2005) and the Management Plan of the World Heritage property, in collaboration with UNESCO and ICOMOS;

6. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an updated report by 1 February 2008 on the state of conservation of the property and progress made with an alternative design of the construction project, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Report year: 2007
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date of Inscription: 2005
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 31COM (2007)
Exports

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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