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View Poll Results: Should Cologne's cathedral be removed from UNESCO's World Heritage list?
Yes, remove Cologne cathedral from the World Heritage list 6 11.76%
No, don't remove the cathedral from the World Heritage list 40 78.43%
I don't care / I hate Germans 5 9.80%
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Old July 12th, 2005, 05:36 PM   #1
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UNESCO might deprive Cologne cathedral of "world heritage" title

The UNESCO is meeting today in DURBAN South Africa and might decide that the Cologne cathedral will be withdrawn from the world heritage list. The reason cited for the possible withdrawel is the construction of skyscrapers on the opposite side of the Rhine river which hampers free sight on the cathedral from some angles.

How do you think the UNESCO should decide?

A 103m tall skyscraper is under construction opposite the cathedral


Rendering of the finished skyscraper


Look from the other side of the Rhine towards the cathedral as it was before



http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,...645947,00.html

"The fate of Cologne's cathedral, a UN-protected site since 1996, will be decided this week. UNESCO will decide if new skyscrapers compromise the site enough to remove it from the prestigious list.

Members of the World Heritage Committee (WHC), the United Nation's body responsible for the conservation of global heritage sites, gathered in Durban, South Africa on Monday for its annual meeting, during which it will consider 42 proposed sites for inscription on the prestigious World Heritage List. It will also assess the case for removal of one of Germany's icons -- Cologne's historic cathedral.

At the WHC's last annual meeting, in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou in April 2004, the cathedral, which is widely regarded as being one of Europe's masterpieces of gothic architecture, was placed on the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) List of World Heritage in Danger, because its integrity was said to be threatened by skyscrapers.

The decision gave the cathedral the unwanted distinction of being the only European site on the list.

"The Cologne Cathedral and its urban landscape are the city's only outstanding cultural heritage elements to have survived World War II," Francesco Bandarin, director of UNESCO's World Heritage Center, said in a statement in April. "I sincerely hope that Cologne will not lose an important component of its historical legacy."

UNESCO's concern was aroused by the construction of several high-rise buildings on the bank of the Rhine River opposite the cathedral. Since the decision to place the cathedral on the danger list was made, the main culprit -- a new high-rise office block built for the Rhineland regional council (LVR) -- has been completed.

Views from the side of the Rhine opposite the cathedral are said to have been compromised by the new building and others, such as the head office of German airline Lufthansa, one of the main factors being considered by the WHC during its meeting this week.

Birgitte Ringbeck, from the German delegation of observers at last year's meeting, denied the integrity of the cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880, was endangered, but recognized that the new construction might have a harmful visual impact, a statement from the delegation said.

The cathedral contains a wealth of important art works, including the colorful stained-glass windows that flood the cathedral with their mysterious light and the Gero cross dated around 970 A.D., the oldest large sculpture in the Western world.

The cathedral's shrine houses the relics of the Three Kings (1180–1225), an exceptional example of the regional goldsmiths’ art, and the altar of the city patrons from the 15th century by Stephan Lochner, the masterpiece of the Cologne school of artists.

While the cathedral was long ago replaced as the world's largest building, which it was at the time of its completion, its western facade remains the biggest of any church in the world, with a surface area of 7,000 square meters (23,000 square feet) flanked by two mighty spires each 157 meters high (515 feet).

As well as passing judgment on the Cologne cathedral, the WHC will consider 28 cultural sites, 10 natural sites and four mixed sites presented by 44 countries, including Albania, China and host country South Africa as possible additions to UNESCO's World Heritage list.

Four countries -- Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Gabon and Moldova -- could see one of their sites join the list for the first time, a committee statement read.

The Durban meeting is the first WHC session held in the sub-Saharan Africa since 1972, when UNESCO approved a convention concerning the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage."

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Old July 12th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #2
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I don't think the Cathedral should be out of the list just because of that tower.The building is in the other bank of the river and I don't think it's compromising it,besides that this is one of the most striking gothic buildings in Europe and it deserves the title of heritage.I'll vote for the third option
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Old July 13th, 2005, 01:04 AM   #3
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it must stay on the list !
a very usefull cleaning job would do miracles for that church though , it is dirty
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Old July 13th, 2005, 09:01 PM   #4
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UNESCO decided today that the Cathedral will stay on the list but only if the other 4 planned highrises will not be realized. If Cologne doesn't follow the demands, the cathedral will loose its status as world heritage in the next meeting of the UNESCO. Cologne has to submit a changed development plan for the river bank within 6 month.
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Old July 13th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #5
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^Good to know that Mike
UNESCO gave a chance to Cologne and now we hope the city tooks advantage of the opportunity.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 08:20 AM   #6
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UNESCO decided today that the Cathedral will stay on the list but only if the other 4 planned highrises will not be realized. If Cologne doesn't follow the demands, the cathedral will loose its status as world heritage in the next meeting of the UNESCO. Cologne has to submit a changed development plan for the river bank within 6 month.

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Old July 14th, 2005, 01:10 PM   #7
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UNESCO decided today that the Cathedral will stay on the list but only if the other 4 planned highrises will not be realized. If Cologne doesn't follow the demands, the cathedral will loose its status as world heritage in the next meeting of the UNESCO. Cologne has to submit a changed development plan for the river bank within 6 month.
Fair enough!
It's such a gorgeous cathedral!
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Old July 14th, 2005, 03:48 PM   #8
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It should definitely be on the list, it is one of Europe's greatest cathedrals. It needs to be cleaned though, when I visited last year it was black with pollution and the stairwells up to the spires were covered in graffiti from bottom to top, it was disgusting.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 05:13 PM   #9
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Cologne cathedral is absolutely world haritage site, nomather what will be UNESCO future decision.

If my opinion this whole mess can attract more tourists



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Old July 14th, 2005, 07:46 PM   #10
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UNESCO went crazy
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Old July 17th, 2005, 03:07 AM   #11
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This is a great cathedral, I hope that Cologne knows to make compatible the development of new and modern buildings with its historical past, good luck friends
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Old July 17th, 2005, 12:30 PM   #12
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Unless they're destroying ancient buildigs to build the scapers then I don't see the problem. They're trying to control the skyline of a major German city which is somewhat beyond their remit.
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Isn't this the tallest cathedral in the world????? Whats the height to the top of its twin spires?
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Old July 18th, 2005, 02:38 AM   #14
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The tallest Cathedral is in Ulm (161 meters)
The one in Cologne is "only" 157 meters tall.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 09:27 PM   #15
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so what if its off the list, the cathedral won't be any less beautiful without Unesco
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Old July 20th, 2005, 10:10 AM   #16
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Quote:
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UNESCO decided today that the Cathedral will stay on the list but only if the other 4 planned highrises will not be realized. If Cologne doesn't follow the demands, the cathedral will loose its status as world heritage in the next meeting of the UNESCO. Cologne has to submit a changed development plan for the river bank within 6 month.
Screw the UNESCO. If it had been around in the 13th century, the cathedral would never have been built because some buildings had to be knocked down for it. It's incredible that this organization which doesn't contribute a penny to anything gets to boss around an elected government.
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Old July 21st, 2005, 12:44 AM   #17
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yep.Its a bloody disgrace!theyre making fun of us.Im wondering what the advantage is of being on the list.I mean what is the point of it all.They just want to interrupt the cities development as far as I see it.I mean whats next?They gonna tell us where to built what just because theres a building of the unesco in the city.The city should stay with their plans to built the skyscrapers.No matter what.the unesco cant do anything anyway.
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Deja vu?


There was almost the same discussion going on in Dresden, Saxony.
The Elbe Valley got UNESCO heritage some years ago, and the city of Dresden decided to build a new bridge in this valley. The organization said this would mean Dresden's going off the UNESCO list.

They're already building the bridge called "Waldschlösschenbrücke" now... And it seems the title is gone soon
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Shame they dont revoke it until most of modern Cologne is bulldozed and a whole head of (much nicer) pre-war buildings rebuilt.
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Dresden has been removed from the list, Cologne not.
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