1.         Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region (Ethiopia) (C 19)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (ii)(iii)

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/19/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1996-1996)
Total amount approved: USD 8,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/19/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/19/

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 Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

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."

Decision Adopted: 20 EXT.BUR A.1.3

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.
 

 

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.65/66

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.