Lithuania: urban heritage in its setting change

Glemza, Jonas and Mikneviciene, Giedre (2005) Lithuania: urban heritage in its setting change. 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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Vilnius historic centre (the Old Town, the XIVth-XIXth centuries), the World Heritage Site (1994), is a part of Lithuanian capital in a picturesque valley of the river Neris. The subject of the paper is conservation of urban properties as entirety of cultural objects, their panoramic and historic silhouettes in relation to new high building construction. The problem that has sprung up recently because of the new architecture and currently significant growth of high-rise buildings (in Lithuania it is over 12 storey) and its negative visual impact on environment . Although high-rise buildings that reach 33 storey in Vilnius are outside the borders of its historic centre and from the upper storeys a magnificent view opens to the Old Town, but the group of those buildings have a negative impact on the historic panoramas. It is the result of increasing investments and Vilnius development. Now City Municipality has prepared and approved the scheme of likely construction sites of multi-storied buildings after consulting with the heritage specialists. In resolving the problem the significant influence comes from territorial planning documents such as Official City Plan and special plans devoted to the heritage protection and regulation of the height of buildings. The problem of preserving historic centre of Vilnius, its visual protection zone were actively discussed a year ago, when a new Historical Centre Protection Regulation, the key document describing requirements on preservation and management of cultural properties, was approved by the Ministry of Culture except the regulation in protection zone. The main aim today is to find a precise balance between preservation and development of the urban heritage and its environment. Monuments

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Glemza, Jonas
Mikneviciene, Giedre
Languages: English
Keywords: historic town centre; World Heritage List; setting; conservation area; urban development; buffer zone; legal protection; town planning; conservation
Subjects: D. URBANISM > 05. Legislation
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
D. URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
K. LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Vilnius historic centre, Lithuania
UNESCO WHC Number: 541
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 17:21
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 16:29

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