Similarities and differences in the conservation and settings of the Great Wall in China and the Limesromanus as listed and planned World Heritage Sites

Visy, Zsolt (2005) Similarities and differences in the conservation and settings of the Great Wall in China and the Limesromanus as listed and planned World Heritage Sites. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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The Great Wall and the Roman Limes are the longest built constructions of the world. The Great Wall was established earlier and it is very likely that it influenced somehow the concept of the Roman limes. While the Great Wall is a continual built defense line, the limes runs along rivers or roads (in the desert), and has only in some sectors a built construction, like the Hadrian’s Wall. This sector and the Great Wall were inscribed into the World Heritage list in 1987. Both played a decisive role in the life of the peoples living in- or outside of them, and both influence our life, too. The Roman frontiers run in Europe through densely populated areas, especially where the wall was substituted by rivers like the Rhine or the Danube. Most Roman settlements in this region are covered by medieval and modern towns, settlements. Another threatening effect is the strong industrialization of the line of the limes, so the newly initiated multinational project of the Roman limes as a World Heritage site – now for 6 European countries – can not be prepared not easily. It is worth comparing their settings and conservation, discussing their similar and different features, and to give an account about the preparations as a WHS in Hungary.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Visy, Zsolt
Languages: English
Keywords: walls; World Heritage Sites; Roman limes; setting; conservation; comparative analysis; state of conservation
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: The Great Wall, China; Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Germany and UK
UNESCO WHC Number: 438; 430
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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