Danube Limes added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List closing this year’s inscriptions

The World Heritage Committee today inscribed the transnational property of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) features components in Austria, Germany, and Slovakia

It covers almost 600km of the whole Roman Empire’s Danube frontier. The property formed part of the much large frontier of the Roman Empire that encircled the Mediterranean Sea. The Danube Limes (Western Segment) reflects the specificities of this part of the Roman Frontier through the selection of sites that represent key elements from road, legionary fortresses and their associated settlements to small forts and temporary camps, and the way these structures relate to local topography.

During its extended 44th session, held online and chaired by China from Fuzhou, the World Heritage Committee examined nominations submitted in 2020, when the session had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in 2021.

A total of 34 properties were inscribed during the current session and three properties were extended. The new properties include 29 cultural and five natural sites.

Also during the current session, the World Heritage Committee recognized sufficient improvements in in the state of conservation of the World Heritage site of Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo), to warrant its removal from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The site of Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania) was inscribed simultaneously on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger pending the removal of threats to its integrity posed by possible mining activities.

The World Heritage Committee also took the exceptional and rare decision to delete Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (UK) from the World Heritage List due to the irreversible loss of the attributes for which it had been inscribed.

Newly inscribed cultural sites, 2020 nominations:

Newly inscribed natural sites, 2020 nominations:

Newly inscribed cultural sites, 2021 nominations:

Inscribed natural property and extension, 2021 nominations:

The current session’s inscriptions bring the total number of sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage to 1154.

The 45th session of the World Heritage Committee will take place in Kazan (Russian Federation) from 19 to 30 June 2022, under the chair of Alexander Kuznetsov.

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