UNESCO INSCRIBES MTSKHETA HISTORICAL MONUMENTS ON LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE IN DANGER

/PanARMENIAN.Net/
30.06.2009 13:54 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The World Heritage Committee, chaired by Maria Jesus
San Segundo, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Spain to UNESCO,
inscribed the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta (Georgia) on the List of
World Heritage in Danger because of concerns over their preservation.

The Committee asked Georgia to adopt an integrated management plan for
the site and address problems related to the serious deterioration of
the stonework and frescoes at the site. Other issues of concern include
the management of land near the churches, and loss of authenticity
due to work carried out in the buildings, inscribed on UNESCO's World
Heritage List in 1994.

The site comprises the historic churches of Mtskheta, former
capital of Georgia which represent outstanding examples of the high
accomplishments of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus.

The property is the third to be placed on the List of World Heritage
in Danger during this session, which aims to raise international
support for the conservation of World Heritage properties. The state
of conservation of sites on the World Heritage List will resume
on Tuesday.

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize) and Los Katios National
Park (Colombia) were also placed on the List of World Heritage in
Danger while progress in the preservation of Walled City of Baku with
the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan) allowed for
its removal from that List, UNESCO news center said.