1.         Old City of Berne (Switzerland) (C 267)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1983

Criteria  (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/267/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/267/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/267/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997

The National Commission of Switzerland for UNESCO informed the World Heritage Centre of a fire which broke out in January 1997 and which destroyed a number of historic buildings in the Old City. The World Heritage Centre requested a detailed report on the damages caused by the fire and offered its support to the Swiss authorities.

Action Required

The Bureau, based on additional information that may be available at the time of the twenty-first session of the Bureau may wish to express its concern about de damages caused by the fire and support to the efforts undertaken by the authorities.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997


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


Decision Adopted: 21 BUR IV.B.56

The Bureau expressed its concerns regarding the damages caused by a fire to five of the historic buildings in the Old City of Berne. It commended the Swiss authorities for the immediate actions taken for their safeguarding and restoration.