New UNESCO sites in Hanseatic cities

Calender Icon 25. September 2023

The Union of Cities THE HANSA has two new UNESCO sites in the Baltic States: at the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which met in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) from September 10 to 25, the Old Town of Kuldīga and the modernist architecture of the city of Kaunas were designated as World Heritage Sites.

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Latvia: Old town of Kuldīga
Located in the western part of Latvia, the town of Kuldīga is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional urban settlement, which developed from a small medieval hamlet into an important administrative centre of the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia between the 16th and 18th centuries. The town structure of Kuldīga has largely retained the street layout of that period, and includes traditional log architecture as well as foreign-influenced styles that illustrate the rich exchange between local and travelling craftspeople from around the Baltic Sea. The architectural influences and craftsmanship traditions introduced during the period of the Duchy endured well into the 19th century. Read more about Kuldīga...

Lithuania: Modernist Kaunas: Architecture of Optimism, 1919-1939
This property testifies to the rapid urbanization that transformed the provincial town of Kaunas into a modern city that became Lithuania’s provisional capital between the First and Second World Wars. Its community-driven transformation of an urban landscape was adapted from an earlier town layout. The quality of modern Kaunas was manifested through the spatial organization of the Naujamiestis (New Town) and Žaliakalnis (Green Hill) areas, and in public buildings, urban spaces and residences constructed during the interwar period that demonstrate a variety of styles in which the Modern Movement found architectural expression in the city. Read more about Kaunas...

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