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World Heritage Designation Timeline

The ‘Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof’ was designated a World Heritage Site on July 13th, 2006, at the 30th Session of the World Heritage Committee, in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Under the auspices of Lord Mayor, Friedrich Viehbacher, the first efforts are made to inscribe Regensburg as World Heritage Site.


The Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs at the state level confer with each other and decide that only World Heritage applications from the area encompassing the former GDR will be considered.


One the occasion of Historic Places Day, Bavarian state Minister, Zehetmair, in his opening address to the public declares that Regensburg belongs on the World Heritage list.


Newly elected Klemens Unger, Cultural Advisor to the City of Regensburg prioritizes the World Heritage application process. 


The staff of the Department of Historic Buildings has grown to include an art historian and a restoration expert, so that work can now go ahead on the application process.


UNESCO's requirements continue to heighten the application process. The Department of Historic Buildings is challenged by its excessive workload.


The application is initially submitted to the Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and Art. Then it passed on via the Assembly for State Ministers of Culture and Education to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then forwarded to UNESCO's World Heritage Office.


UNESCO specifies further requirements, which are immediately provided. UNESCO assigns an assessor to Regensburg and he sprends several days inspecting the city on location in September.


The application is  presented at the UNESCO Commitee meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania - Regensburg is to be enlisted as a World Heritage Site.