1.         Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine) (C 527ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1990

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

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/527/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1998-2000)
Total amount approved: USD 39,720
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/527/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

May 1999: ICOMOS expert mission; April 2006: expert mission (Italian Funds-in-Trust); November 2007: World Heritage Centre information meeting for site managers 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Urban development pressure

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/527/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

In line with the World Heritage Committee Decision 28 COM 15B.99,the State Party kept the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS informed on different projects, which may have an impact on the property.

On 1 December 2005, the State Party invited an expert mission, which took place in April 2006, to assess the state of conservation of the St. Sophia Cathedral of Kiev and its Bell Tower, as well as to review studies on scientific and technical problems of protection and conservation of this property. The expert mission’s recommendations were integrated into the conservation programme for St. Sophia.

On 27 December 2006, the State Party transmitted to the World Heritage Centre information on the reconstruction works planned in the vicinity of the St. Sophia Cathedral. Following evaluation, ICOMOS did not support the proposed works.

On 14 February 2008, the State Party transmitted to the World Heritage Centre a project proposal for the renovation of the Mystetsky Arsenal which will be used as a Cultural Art and Museum Complex, situated within the buffer zone of the property. The project proposal has not been finalised yet and exists only as a concept. The World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS have also been alerted about development projects in the vicinity of the property.

During the meeting with Ukrainian site managers organised by the Direction of St. Sophia Cathedral jointly with the Ukrainian National Commission for UNESCO (November 2007, Kiev), the representative of the World Heritage Centre discussed issues concerning the urban development pressure within the boundaries of the property, its buffer zone and the wider setting, as well as the use of the cultural monuments for religious purposes.

In addition, the State Party provided in January 2008 the boundary clarification document requested for the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, as well as the proposal for boundary and name modifications, which will be examined by the World Heritage Committee under Item 8 of the Agenda (Document WHC-08/32.COM/8B.Add).

Considering the high number of development projects within the buffer zone of the property, there is a need to ensure adequate review and environmental and cultural impact assessments for these proposals. It is also urgent to establish a National Coordination Board, which will assure the collaboration between the two site managers (St. Sophia Direction, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Direction), the Kiev City Municipality, as well as the Orthodox Church.

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.111

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. 28 COM 15B.99 and 29 COM 8B.56, adopted at its 28th (Suzhou, 2004) and 29th (Durban, 2005) sessions respectively, Recalling Decisions

3. Notes the continued collaboration of the State Party with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS;

4. Expresses its concern about numerous construction or restoration projects within the buffer zone of the property which could affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

5. Invites the State Party to create a National Coordination Board in order to enhance collaboration between all stakeholders concerned;

6. Also requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;WHC-08/32.COM/24Rev

7. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to assess the state of conservation of the property and the issues identified in Decision 29 COM 8B.56, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005);

8. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a state of conservation report covering all components of this property including, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, the description of any intention to undertake or to authorize major restoration or new construction projects which may affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 8B.68

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Documents WHC-08/32.COM/8B.Add and WHC-08/32.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2. Considers that the current proposals are not a minor modification;

3. Recommends that the State Party be invited to submit a full nomination for the proposed extensions of St Cyril's church and St Andrew's church to Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine.

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 8D

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/8D,

2. Recalling Decisions 30 COM 11A.2 and 31 COM 11A.2, adopted at its 30th (Vilnius, 2006) and 31st (Christchurch, 2007) sessions respectively,

3. Recalls that, as decided at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007) by Decision 31 COM 11A.2, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies will not be able to examine proposals for minor or significant modifications to boundaries of World Heritage properties whenever the delimitation of such properties as inscribed is unclear;

4. Congratulates States Parties in the European Region and the States Parties of Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia on the excellent work accomplished in the clarification of the delimitation of their World Heritage properties and thanks them for their efforts to improve the credibility of the World Heritage List,

5. Takes note of the clarifications of property boundaries and sizes provided by the following States Parties in the European and Arab Regions in response to the Retrospective Inventory, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC-08/32.COM/8D:

6. Requests the European and Arab States Parties which have not yet answered the questions raised in 2005, 2006 and 2007 within the framework of the Retrospective Inventory to provide all requested clarifications and documentation as soon as possible and by 1 December 2008 at the latest.