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23/11/2007

Reactive monitoring of the jewish quarter

November 07, 2007 08:02 am | UNESCO and the International Council of Protected Monuments, ICOMOS, are sending an expert to Budapest to conduct "reactive monitoring," a professional procedure to review Andrássy Avenue, a World Heritage site, and the city's old Jewish quarter adjacent to it, the national cultural heritage authority (KÖH) told MTI on Wednesday  

Michel Polge, a member of ICOMOS' historical cities and villages committee, is scheduled to look into development plans and review current construction projects in Pest's Districts VI and VII, with special regard to complaints sent to UNESCO by NGOs, KÖH press chief Katalin Rona said.

"Excessive demolition and other changes may compromise the overall value of Andrássy Avenue by altering the cultural and architectural character of the site, for which it was included among World Heritage sites in 2002," said a statement texted by KÖH.

During his visit, between Nov 5 and 7, Polge was due to meet officials including the national chief architect, representatives of the Budapest districts where the site is located and members of the concerned NGOs.

Budapest has two other World Heritage sites: the Castle District on the Buda side of the Danube and the architecture along the embankments of the Danube river in the city center.

Earlier this year, the local government of Budapest had to give up its plans to broaden the lower embankments of Buda, because of the World Cultural Heritage protection of the Buda Castle, while being part of the World Heritage is a crucial argument for protesters in the Tokaj wine region, (150km northeast of Budapest) against a power plant planned in the neighborhood of the nearby city of Szerencs.

Source Budapestsun.com

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