Lower Germanic Limes also added to Dutch World Heritage

Lower Germanic Limes also added to Dutch World Heritage

Minister Van Engelshoven: “The placement of three Dutch icons on the World Heritage List is a special appreciation for these areas. I was able to see what these areas have to offer. I also walked part of the Limes myself. This is heritage that the Netherlands is proud of. It connects our past with the present. And I’m pleased that with this listing we are ensuring that these areas are preserved and accessible to everyone now and in the future.”

The granting of World Heritage status is a worldwide recognition. It is exceptional that UNESCO is registering several nominations with a Dutch background this year. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Unesco World Heritage Committee was canceled in 2020, as a result of which there were twice as many nominations from all over the world in 2021. With the awards, a total of twelve heritage sites in the Kingdom of the Netherlands are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The three Dutch Nominations

The Frontiers of the Roman Empire – the Lower Germanic Limes

The northern ‘Limes’ (the Latin word for border) of the Roman Empire ran through the Netherlands two thousand years ago, along the Rhine. To protect this border (part of the longer border through Europe, the Middle East and North Africa), Romans built watchtowers and army camps here. There are 19 sites in the Netherlands and 25 in Germany, which is why the Netherlands has also submitted the nomination on behalf of Germany.

The Colonies of Benevolence

The Colonies of Benevolence, also known as ‘pauper colonies’, are the world’s first and largest examples of agricultural colonies for poverty reduction. They were founded in 1818 by the Society of Benevolence with the aim of transforming poor people into honorable citizens. This was done, among other things, by letting them cultivate and cultivate new agricultural land. The Colonies that are on the World Heritage List are Frederiksoord, Wilhelminaoord and Veenhuizen in the Netherlands and Wortel in Flanders. The Netherlands and Belgium have jointly nominated this area for a place on the World Heritage List.

The Dutch Waterlines

The New Dutch Waterline is an extension of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. The Defense Line of Amsterdam has had UNESCO status since 1996. The proposal is that the Defense Line of Amsterdam and the New Dutch Water Line together will soon form the World Heritage of Dutch Water Lines. The lines tell the story of the defense of Holland as the administrative and economic heart of the Netherlands. The 85 kilometer long line with 45 fortresses, 6 fortresses and 2 castles now forms a green and recreational belt in an environment with great urban dynamism. Since the 1990s, the Netherlands has been working on restoring and opening up the heritage of the New Dutch Waterline.

World Heritage Listing Value

Listing on the World Heritage List is an international sign of appreciation. It underlines that this monument is considered irreplaceable and unique to the world community. If a country has a heritage on the World Heritage List, then according to the World Heritage Convention, this includes the international obligation to properly protect and preserve that heritage for future generations.

By: National Education Guide

Lower Germanic Limes also added to Dutch World Heritage
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