According to a new regulation, 10 Hungarian places are on the World Heritage tentative list instead of 11, because Esztergom and Visegrad have merged. There’s a site which has become smaller, but another has been increased, said.

It has been recently published in the Official Gazette that a new regulation presents 10 places to the World Heritage list. Most of the sites are not new, since there is one which has been on the list for more than 20 years. The website said it’s because the Parliament adopted the World Heritage Act which described the tentative places must be confirmed by a ministerial decree. The Minister of Prime Minister’s Office checked the list with the assistance of Forster Center and they decided every place should be kept on the list.

There have been greater and lesser changes in some locations, for example the Esztergom medieval castle” and the “Visegrad royal residence and hunting ground” became one location under the name of medieval Hungarian royal centers. There are another changes: the geographical areas of “The country house network in Hungary” and “The north-eastern Carpathian wooden churches” have slightly declined, while the area of Tihany peninsula, the Tapolca Remnant Hill and the lake Heviz” have increased and it is with a new name, “Balaton Uplands cultural Landscape” on the list.

To actually become World Heritage sites, they should be extended to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee – it’s only possible when that places are on the tentative list. It is currently before the Parliament to change the World Heritage Act, according to which the Minister in charge proposes the Government the sites which should be on the list.

Currently, the Hungarian tentative list of World Heritage sites looks like this:

  • The boundaries of the Roman Empire – Hungarian section of the Danube limes
  • Odon Lechner works
  • Esztergom and Visegrad Hungarian medieval royal centers, and the former royal forest area Pilis
  • Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape
  • Hungary’s network of regional houses
  • The Mezohegyes National Stud Farm
  • Upper Tisza wooden bell towers
  • Komárom / Komarno fortress system on the Danube and Vah rivers confluence
  • The Buda thermal karst cave system
  • Ipolytarnoc habitat

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