Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments
Factors affecting the property in 2003*
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Travertine quarry on the south-western edge of the inscribed site
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Total amount approved : 43,333 USD
|Safeguarding the Medieval Mural Paintings of the Church ... (Approved)
|Conservation of the Eastern Part of the Castle of ... (Approved)
Missions to the property until 2003**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003
An extensive report on the overall state of conservation of the site and the associated monuments, prepared by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, was received on 30 September 2002. Concerning the effects of quarrying on the conservation of Spišsky Hrad and its Associated Cultural Monuments, the report clarifies that mining is carried out strictly in the determined mining area and meets the conditions specified by the District Mining Authority in agreement with state landscape protection authorities. For this reason, the operation at one working site was terminated. The report further informed of conservation work being carried out at the Spiš Castle and restoration works in the towns of Spišské Podhradie and Spišska Kapitula. In general, the character of the inscribed territory and its cultural heritage remain preserved.
ICOMOS congratulates the State Party for actions undertaken to ensure the conservation of the site. It noted, however, that the State Party should take into account difficulties concerning the intensification of traffic, the environment (tree felling along the access roads and the removal of vegetation along the waterways) as well as the conservation of uninhabited historic buildings, and encourages the State Party to continue to ensure the preservation of the site.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7B.75
Spišský Hrad and its Associated Cultural Monuments (Slovakia)
The World Heritage Committee ,
1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for the report on the overall conservation of the property,
2. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS informed of any future projects, which may have an impact on the property and to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre on traffic and conservation issues at the property, by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.
 Decision adopted without discussion.
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 75
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Thanking the Slovak authorities for the report on the overall conservation of the site,
2. Requests the State Party to keep the Centre and ICOMOS informed of any future projects, which may have an impact on the site and to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre on traffic and conservation issues of the site, by 1 February 2004.
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”).