Intangible values as revenues in a World Heritage City. Proposal for the rehabilitation of the Dominican Convent in San Gimignano (Italy)

Kovács, Erzébet (2003) Intangible values as revenues in a World Heritage City. Proposal for the rehabilitation of the Dominican Convent in San Gimignano (Italy). In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The medieval Dominican Convent was used as a prison from the mid 19th century until 1995. At present the building complex is empty. It has an excellent location within the historic city, well integrated into the characteristic Tuscan landscape and in keep of its own architectural values. San Gimignano was nobly awarded 60th place on the World Heritage list. According to the latest statistics, the number of visitors to San Gimignao has significantly increased over the past few years. However, most tourists stay in town for just a few hours. This has raised a number of new concerns in terms of heritage protection. The goal would be to stir the visitor's interest for longer stays in order to acquaint them with the rich and interesting culture and tradition (intangible heritage) of the site. The revival of the traditional arts and crafts of the region, combined with a special educational system and events would be the basis for the unique Dominican Cloister's restoration process. By doing so, visitors will be persuaded to lengthen their stay in town. These varied activities would be co-ordinated and financed by a special body in which all the interested partners would be represented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Kovács, Erzébet
Languages: English
Keywords: convent; rehabilitation; historic town centre; World Heritage List; intangible heritage
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Dominican Convent, San Gimignano, Italy
UNESCO WHC Number: 550
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 12:23
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:24

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