Fuzhou (dpa) – Unesco has designated the Danube Limes as part of the border of the former Roman Empire as a new World Heritage site. The responsible committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural and Communications Organization (Unesco) announced the decision at its 44th meeting in Fuzhou, China.
In its Bavarian section, the Danube Limes stretches from Bad Gögging in the district of Kelheim via Regensburg and Straubing to Passau.
At the current Unesco meeting, which will take place until Saturday (July 31), Germany has already received its fifth prize. Four applications had already been selected: the spa towns of Bad Ems, Baden-Baden and Bad Kissingen; Lower Germanic limes; the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt; as well as Jewish sites in Speyer, Worms and Mainz. Only cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value are listed as World Heritage.
Ahead of Friday’s decision, tension was mounting after Hungary left the joint bid with Germany, Austria and Slovakia in the short term. The committee then postponed the decision which was actually scheduled for Monday and initially set up a working group to continue deliberations.
The limes stretched from Great Britain to Central and Eastern Europe and from the Middle East to North Africa. Unesco is working for the complete transnational inscription of the 6000 km long “frontiers of the Roman Empire”.
On Tuesday, Lower Germanic Limes was inscribed on the World Heritage List, which stretches some 400 kilometers along the Rhine. The border section begins at Rheinbrohl in Rhineland-Palatinate and ends at the North Sea in the Netherlands. In North Rhine-Westphalia, there are 220 kilometers between Bonn and Kleve.
“I am delighted that the World Heritage Committee honored the Danube limes today”, said Maria Böhmer, President of the German Commission for Unesco: “For the Romans, the Danube was not just a border natural, it was also an important link for goods. and above all for ideas, ”Böhmer explains.
The Danube files therefore not only separated, they also connected very different worlds to each other. “It is an exceptional testimony to Roman civilization, whose strength has always been to absorb outside influences,” Böhmer said.
After the fortifications of Hadrian’s Wall and Antonine’s Wall in Great Britain (1987/2008) and of the Upper Germano-Retian Limes in Germany (2005) have already been allocated, the borders of the Roman Empire of the Scotland to Slovakia have been recognized as World Heritage.
Limits of the Danube not yet completed
With the newly registered elements, however, the Danube Limes is still not finished, said Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Foreign Ministry: “We now need to add sites in the eastern segment. from the Danube to the western sections of the Limes ”, said Müntefering:“ The Danube Limes not only honors a particular landscape of monuments, but also recognizes the long-standing cooperation with Austria and Slovakia.
The World Heritage Committee which decided on the award is made up of 21 Contracting States elected to the 1972 World Heritage Convention. As a rule, it decides each year on the inscription of new cultural and natural sites on the World Heritage List. World Heritage. Due to the pandemic, the conference was postponed last year. There are over 1,100 cultural and natural sites in 167 countries on the World Heritage List. 51 of them are considered threatened.