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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Factors affecting the property in 1993*
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Need to monitor movements which could affect the structure of the building

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Need for information on the Urban development Plan

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1993
Requests approved: 5 (from 1986-1992)
Total amount approved : 139,000 USD
1992 Carrying out analytical studies on materials and ... (Approved)   30,000 USD
1991 Restoration works of the mosaics of the dome of St ... (Approved)   20,000 USD
1987 Equipment for Istanbul (Approved)   30,000 USD
1987 Contribution to a training course on wood and stone ... (Approved)   12,000 USD
1986 Training and equipment for the safeguarding of Istanbul (Approved)   47,000 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1993

At its sixteenth session held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA during December 1992, the Committee felt it necessary to send a mission to obtain detailed information on plans accompanying the master plan which has been elaborated for this site. Two UNESCO missions to Turkey, undertaken in early 1993, discussed conservation priorities for this World Heritage site, particularly the Museum of Saint Sophia, with the national authorities. It has been decided that the national authorities will constitute a small group to collate all available information and data pertaining to the conservation of the Historic Areas of Istanbul and prepare a plan of action which will be submitted to the consideration of bi- and multilateral donors.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

A mission to Saint Sophie, Istanbul, had been organized with a view to developing an action plan for the safeguarding of this Site. The mission should have taken place between 29 August and 5 September 1993, however, at the request of the Turkish authorities, this was postponed until 15-19 November 1993.

A report will, therefore, be made available on completion of this mission.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1993
Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)

The Office of the Director-General for Historic Monuments of Turkey will collect all the technical documentation on Saint Sophie on the basis of a synthesis elaborated by the Director-General of this service. A group of Turkish and international experts will meet in Istanbul in September 1993 to prepare a global action plan for the safeguard of Saint Sophie.

A preliminary report will be presented to the Committee in December 1993. Financial support from UNESCO's Regular Programme will be allocated for this action which will be implemented in the framework of the International Safeguard Campaign for Istanbul.

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SOC: Saint Sophia (Turkey)

Saint Sophia (Turkey)

During the official visit of the Director-General of UNESCO to Turkey in April 1993, the Turkish authorities drew his attention to the deteriorating state of conservation of Saint Sophia. Subsequently, a mission financed by UNESCO took place to assess the state of conservation of Saint Sophia and concluded that the building was not seriously at risk. However, it was proposed to set up a system of control, especially with regard to all movement which could affect the structure of the building. The evaluation report of the mission would be made available to the Bureau.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1993
Date of Inscription: 1985
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

* : 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.