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Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region

Ethiopia
Factors affecting the property in 1996*
  • Other Threats:

    No threat to the property

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1996
Requests approved: 1 (from 1996-1996)
Total amount approved : 8,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1996**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

Gondar was the political capital of Christian Ethiopia from 1632 to the middle of the 19th century. At present, the restoration of the Castle of Fasilidas is directed by the local representatives of the CRCCH, with the aim to transform it into a museum of Gondarian Civilisation. This restoration project, to be carried out over a three-year period, began in 1996 with the restoration of the floors, balconies and stairs, according to plans produced by an architect of the region. With a team of 156 workers using local materials and techniques, it would appear to be a veritable model of integrated restoration.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1996

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following recommendation and request the Committee to take note:

"The Bureau warmly thanks the directorate of the Centre for Research and Conservation of the Ethiopian Cultural Heritage (CRCCH) for the financial and human efforts made towards the preservation of this World Heritage Site, as well as the site manager for his commitment and the quality of his work. It considers the conservation project underway to be highly satisfactory and exemplary, and hopes that other World Heritage Sites will benefit from the competence and expertise of the team in charge of the work. It would also be advisable that the documentation concerning the history of the site and its restoration be collected and deposited at Gondar and thus made easily accessible to those working at the site."

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1996
20 EXT.BUR A.1.3
Annex 7-International Assistance requests approved by the Bureau-Ethiopia

CULTURAL HERITAGE

A.1 TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION

A.1.3 Lalibela; Fasil Ghebi; Lower Valley of the Awash; Tiya; Aksum and Valley of of the Omo (Ethiopia) (US$ 27,500 requested)

Considering the quality and the well-chosen small-scale activities which are already partly funded by the Centre for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (CRCCH) , and in order to backstop the remarkable achievements and commitments of CRCCH to conservation,

the Bureau approved an amount of US$ 27,500. Support from the World Heritage Fund will permit the funding of international experts to examine the studies and restoration programmes for Lalibela, to improve the presentation of Tiya and organize an in-situ training course in Gondar.
 

20 COM VII.D.65/66
SOC noted by Committee: Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar (Ethiopia)

VII.65 Fasil Ghebbi (Gondar, Ethiopia)

Gondar was the political capital of Christian Ethiopia from 1632 to the middle of the 19th century. The Secretariat reported that an extensive and high quality three-year restoration programme is being undertaken to transform the main palace into a museum of Gondarian Civilization.

The Committee warmly thanked the Directorate of the Centre for Research and Conservation of the Ethiopian Cultural Heritage (CRCCH) for the financial and human efforts made towards the preservation of this World Heritage site, as well as the si te manager for his commitment and the quality of his work. It considered the conservation project underway to be highly satisfactory and exemplary, and hoped that other World Heritage sites will benefit from the competence and expertise of the team in charge of the work. It would also be advisable that the documentation concerning the history of the site and its restoration be collected and deposited at Gondar and thus made easily accessible to those working at the site.

Report year: 1996
Ethiopia
Date of Inscription: 1979
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iii)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 20COM (1996)
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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