1.         Historic Centre of Český Krumlov (Czechia) (C 617)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1992

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/617/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2003-2003)
Total amount approved: USD 10,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/617/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, January 2005.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

In the 1950s, a revolving 80-seat theatre was installed in the 17th century garden. In 1998, it was transformed into a permanent building with a seating capacity of 650 spectators. 

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/617/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

In its report of 24 January 2007 on the state of conservation of the site, the State Party confirmed its intention to move the theatre from the garden of the summerhouse and to replace it by a new similar installation elsewhere in Cesky Krumlov.

The moving of the revolving stage requires the following actions:

a) The signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the National Institute for the Preservation and the Conservation of Monuments and Sites, the cities of Ceské Budujovice and Cesky Krumlov and the Theatre Institute, for the dismanteling of the existing revolving stage and its replacement by a new construction elsewhere in Cesky Krumlov, by 31 December 2007;

b) Feasibility study for the relocation of the new revolving stage, and possibly other parts of the National Experimental Centre of the Open-air Theatre (upon approval of its construction), by 31 December 2010;

c) Architects’ competition for the project to install the new revolving stage and, possibly other parts of the National Experimental Centre of the Open-air Theatre by 31 December 2011 (upon approval of the competition);

d) The preparatory phase of project implementation, which should be completed by 30 June 2013;

e) Implementation of the project and the first stage of reconstruction of the Bellaria summer pavillion by 31 December 2014 ;

f) Inauguration of the new revolving theatre and the last phase of reconstruction of the Bellaria summer pavillion by 31 Augut 2015;

g) Dismantling of the current revolving stage by 31 December 2015;

h) Public opening of the Bellaria summer pavillion by the beginning of summer 2016;

i) Reconstruction of the part of the garden in front of the Bellaria pavillion by 31 October 2016.

The State Party plans to continue using this area for open-air theatre activities, and to ensure the continuity of the summer theatre life until the installation that would completely replace the existing revolving amphitheatre.

The World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS are not in agreement with the final work plan timetable for relocating the revolving stage. The work is scheduled to end only in 2016, which is not in accordance with the recommendations of the 2005 mission and the decisions of the Committee.

In February 2007, the World Heritage Centre received information concerning the inappropriate use of certain buildings of the Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov from representatives of the local community (non-governmental organizations based in the Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov).

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 31 COM 7B.109

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.83, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes the State Party’s commitment of 24 January 2007 to move the theatre from the garden of the summerhouse, as well as to revise the timetable for this transfer;

4.       Notes with serious concern that the work of dismantling the revolving stage is scheduled to end only in 2016, and that the State Party plans to continue using this space for open-air theatre activities, and to ensure the continuity of the summer theatre life while awaiting the installation that will completely replace the existing revolving amphitheatre;

5.       Requests the State Party to review the work plan timetable in order to considerably advance the date for dismantling the theatre in the summerhouse garden and its transfer to the adjacent buffer zone;

6.       Recalls that in accordance with paragraph 119 of the Operational Guidelines, the State Party and its partners must ensure that a sustainable use has no negative impact on the outstanding universal value, integrity and/or authenticity of the property;

7.       Also requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, an up-dated report on the progress made on the measures taken in this regard and on the state of conservation of the property, including guidelines for the use of the monuments within the Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov, for review by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.