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World Heritage Review 84: Special Issue - World Heritage in Poland
This year, the World Heritage Committee will meet for its 41st session in the World Heritage site of the Historic Centre of Kraków. We are very pleased to be hosted by Poland, an early supporter of the World Heritage Convention whose experts even participated in the drafting of the Convention itself. Poland’s heritage sites represent many aspects of World Heritage: a diversity of values, a rich history, and transboundary cooperation, among others.
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In this issue, we will discover an overview of the architectural landscape of Poland, as well as the evolution of the protection of heritage in the country, from the early interest in preserving heritage to the rise of the community movement for protecting sites in the 19th century, and involvement of Polish experts in various international efforts such the drafting of the Venice Charter, and the formation of ICOMOS and of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS). Poland is a leading authority on issues related to reconstruction, due in part to its experience in Warsaw: during the Second World War, more than 85 per cent of the city’s historic centre was destroyed, and following a five-year campaign led by citizens after the war, painstaking efforts resulted in the exemplary reconstruction of its churches, palaces and marketplace.
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