1.         Historic Centre of Brugge (Belgium) (C 996)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (ii)(iv)(vi)

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/996/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/996/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/996/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2009

In February 2008, information was received by the World Heritage Centre from a foundation raising concerns about interventions and new constructions at the World Heritage property which could have an impact on its authenticity and integrity, as well as the state of conservation of some of the historic buildings. Subsequently, on 17 July 2008 the World Heritage Centre requested additional information to the State Party regarding the construction of new buildings at the Historic Centre. An information dossier was submitted on 26 November 2008 from the City of Brugges through the Permanent Delegation of Belgium to UNESCO which presented the policy for the protection of historic buildings and for the qualitative urban renovation at the property, including the prevailing principles to integrate conservation and restoration with the life of an evolving and contemporary city with new architecture to reflect this notion.

The World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS remain concerned about the potential impacts of new constructions, in particular of the Museum of History and the interventions at the Casselberg, Sept Tours and Bouclier Français, on the authenticity and integrity of the property as well as the challenges faced for the integration of contemporary architecture within the historic ensemble, an issue that needs to be systematically and comprehensively analysed to balance the conservation needs to sustain the Outstanding Universal Value of the property with the demands of an evolving city.

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


Decision Adopted: 33 COM 7B.94

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Add,

2. Takes note of the information provided by the State Party in response to concerns raised regarding the state of conservation of the property and the proposals for new construction and interventions at the Historic Centre;

3. Requests the State Party to submit, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to the World Heritage Centre the specific details of the project for the Museum of History and for the interventions at the Casselberg, Sept Tours and Bouclier Français and results from the studies and consultations for consideration by the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS prior to their approval;

4. Also requests that the State Party invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to assess the potential impact of these and other projects on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

5. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property and on the progress made in the implementation of the above recommendations, for the examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.