1.         Classical Weimar (Germany) (C 846)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1998

Criteria  (iii)(vi)

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/846/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/846/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Fire at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library;

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/846/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

On 3 September 2004, a fire destroyed about 30,000 books in the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, a 16th-century palace which is part of the World Heritage property Classical Weimar.  The 400-year-old library contained the most outstanding collection of 17th- and 18th century German literature, as reflected in criterion (vi) of the inscription of the property.  Most of the damage was caused by smoke and water, rather than flames.  Due to their high value, the volumes could not be insured.  The German authorities as well as private organizations immediately provided help both in kind and in financial terms.  However, the situation remains preoccupying.  The fire occurred shortly before the initiation of restoration work at the Library when the security system of the house would have been adapted to modern standards.

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


Decision Adopted: 29 COM 7B.76

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Regretting the fire damage at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, part of the Classical Weimar World Heritage property and the loss of the extraordinary collection of literature, which is partly included in the register "Memory of the World",

3. Notes with appreciation the considerable immediate assistance provided to the property;

4. Encourages the State Party of Germany to continue its support to the restoration of the Library and to ensure appropriate risk prevention at the World Heritage property;

5. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2007 with a progress report on the restoration work at the Library.