Only two sites have ever been delisted: the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman and the Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany. Recently erected buildings such as the New Synagogue or the Saxon Landtag complete the picture. The bridge was completed in 2011. The city of Dresden was known as the Florence of Northern Europe due to its architectural jewels. It includes central Dresden… It is the only time a European site has ever been delisted, and only the second in the world. It was added to the UNESCO list in 2004. Though the bridge was approved in a referendum in 2005, the city council decided on 20 July 2006 to stop the invitation to bid on contracts to build the bridge. In July 2008, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to keep the Dresden Elbe Valley on the World Heritage List in the hope that the construction would be stopped and the integrity of the landscape restored. Despite the threats from the World Heritage Committee to remove the site from the list if the bridge were to be built, the government proceeded with their plans to build the bridge and construction started in 2007. Settlements and architecture in the Elbe Valley reflect the development of Dresden as Saxon residence since the Renaissance era. The Elbe banks are characterised by extended meadows (Elbwiesen) which have remained free of any building developments due to regularly occurring floods. 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The Dresden Elbe Valley is a cultural landscape and former World Heritage Site stretching along the Elbe river in Dresden, the state capital of Saxony, Germany. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. In 2006, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee placed the Dresden Elbe Valley on its list of World Heritage in Danger and threatened to remove it from the World Heritage List. The valley that forms along the river passes through the Dresden Basin and is 20 kilometers in length. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. About Dresden Elbe Valley. However, in July 2006 it was designated a World Heritage in Danger and finally delisted in June 2009, in the course of the construction of the Waldschlösschen Bridge river crossing. UNESCO was trying to strong-arm Dresden to get them to do what they wanted. A bridge in that location had actually been discussed as far back as 1876, but it was never built. Interesting story about the controversy of building a bridge on site. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. If you go to the edge of the area, you might be able to see it. The protected area covered by the UNESCO site listing starts in Elbe River and expands to the city of Dresden. The majority of residents supported the plan, despite warnings that it would forfeit the valley’s UNESCO World Heritage status and, in turn, much of its tourism. It was removed from the list by UNESCO in 2009 after being put on the list 2004. 100 of my best photos taken from around the world. Construction began on the controversial Waldschlösschen Bridge in 2007 and finished in 2012. It is the first time a European site has been delisted. [2], In June 2009 at a UNESCO meeting in Seville, the World Heritage Committee decided in a 14 to 5 vote with two abstentions to revoke the Dresden Elbe Valley's status as a World Heritage Site. Dresden Elbe Valley Delisted 2009 Oman. Now UNESCO has voted to remove the status from the valley because of the new construction. It all had to do with a bridge that was being built across the Elbe river. The entire episode is an example of the downside to having world heritage status and something which I’ve heard from different cities around the world. It was built where there never was a bridge. With respect to its scenic and architectural values, including the Dresden urban area as well as natural river banks and slopes, the Elbe Valley was entered on the World Heritage Site list of the UNESCO in 2004. 4) Nothing historic was destroyed to build the bridge. Here is a photo where you can see the bridge, as seen from the Albrechtsberg Palace. Among the notable parts of the Dresden Elbe Valley region includes Pillnitz Palace, Historic Center of Dresden, New Town of Dresden, Village of Loschwitz, and the Industrial Heritage.