Previous Committee Decisions 31 COM 7B.94; 32 COM 7B.86; 33 COM 7B.96
International Assistance Total amount provided to the property: USD 50,000 for Emergency Assistance in 2003 (floods).
UNESCO extra-budgetary funds N/A
Previous monitoring missions March 2008, January 2010: World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring missions
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
Development of high rise constructions on the Pankrác plain;
Lack of effectiveness of existing planning, management and conservation measures for the property.
Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/616
Current conservation issues
On 8 January 2010 a report on the state of conservation of the Historic Centre of Prague was submitted by the State Party as well as two letters on high-rise developments and the restoration of the Charles Bridge. The report directly addressed the issues of Decision 33 COM 7B.96 adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009). An amendment to the report comprising a joint evaluation of the impact of the Blanka Tunnel Complex by the Municipal Department of Culture, Monument Care and Tourism, and the National Heritage Institute, Regional Specialised Department in Prague was submitted dated 24 February 2010. A joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission visited the Historic Centre of Prague from 26 to 29 January 2010.
Information provided by the State Party:
Potential impact of the Blanka Tunnel Complex on the property.
Construction of the inner city traffic circuit began in the 1980s, before the Historic Centre of Prague was inscribed on the World Heritage List. The need for tunnels was established in the 1990s, when three possible routes were considered in the light of all attendant issues, and in consultation with all relevant and statutory bodies. The Blanka tunnel proposal was assessed as being the best solution to coping with the negative impacts of transit traffic on the Historic Centre of Prague. The history of the urban ring project in Prague is also detailed.
Only 800 metres of the inner city traffic circuit falls within the boundaries of the World Heritage property. This passes beneath the Baroque fortifications at the north-west. The rest is mainly (90%) in the buffer zone as shown on the map (Appendix 1) of the State Party’s report. It is noted that the Baroque fortification will be restored as part of the road works (Appendix no. 3 of the State Party’s report).
Reactive monitoring mission to investigate the Blanka tunnel and new traffic proposals, changes to Wenceslas Square, the possible creation of Prague’s “Museum Mile” and the issue of historic railway stations
The State Party reported that the mission had been invited and in the meantime provided the following information:
i) New traffic proposals: It is proposed to divert the North-East Expressway section of the ‘Eastern Highway’ in the Historic Centre through a tunnel behind the National Museum. This will enable the reuniting of the National Museum with Wenceslas Square. The intention is to correct the 1970s’ introduction of a main north-south traffic artery (the
State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 145