Nomination Dossier of “Kuldīga / Goldingen in Courland


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In January 2021 Latvia submitted Nomination Dossier of “Kuldīga / Goldingen in Courland” for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The idea of the possible submission of Kuldīga nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List has existed for a long time and its development process has been long-lasting, involving many activities since the ratification of the 1972 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in Latvia in 1997.

Work on this topic began in 2001 when Edgars Zalāns who is architect by profession was the Mayor of Kuldīga. His initiative was continued and supported by Inga Bērziņa, Chairperson of Kuldīga Municipal Council, who has been leading the municipality since 2007.

Kuldīga is on the UNESCO Tentative List of Latvia since 2004. In developing the nomination file, it was necessary to make rearrangements in the town, elaborate Management and Development Plans, and identify, preserve and reasonably restore the key assets of Kuldīga. Cooperation between the residents of the town, house owners, property managers and Kuldīga Municipality is very important, and has become an integral part of property management. In 2011, Kuldīga Municipal Council approved the Preservation and Development Plan for the Historic Centre of Kuldīga, which takes a holistic approach to the preservation of cultural and historical heritage, covering economic development, environmental protection, tourism and cultural development.

Kuldīga Municipality has worked hard to research and promote the historic architecture and urban planning, landscape and nature values as well as intangible heritage. The cultural historical heritage of Kuldīga has been purpousefully managed by paying great attention to conservation of the original values, respecting authenticity principles and taking care of the integrity of the historic urban environment.

On the recommendation of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, Britta Rudolff, Professor at the Technical University of Brandenburg, executive director of the Institute for Heritage Management, and advisor to ICOMOS, was involved in preparation of the nomination. Following the recommendations of Britta  Rudolff, it was decided in 2018 to focus on the Outstanding Universal Value in the context of the period of the Duchy of Courland and Semigalia.

Currently Latvia is represented on the UNESCO World Heritage List by the historic centre of Rīga (since 1997) and Struve geodetic arc (since 2005). In 2020, Latvia submitted the nomination of the Grobiņa archaeological ensemble.

Nomination Dossier of "Kuldīga / Goldingen in Courland"

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Cadastre maps

Managment plan Kuldiga - Goldingen in Courland

Response to Additional Information Request of 24 September 2021

Response to Additional Information Request of 20 December 2021

Nomination booklet ENG

буклет номинации RU

Livret de nomination FR