New UNESCO zone management plan

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Grand-Place of Brussels - UNESCO World Heritage

Since 1998, the Grand-Place of Brussels is listed on the World Heritage List. This recognition was the occasion for the City to provide a first management plan for the Grand-Place and its surrounding streets (UNESCO zone). This new plan is valid for 2012-2015.

The inscription of the Grand-Place on the World Heritage list involves a specific management of the site and the surrounding area, a requirement in the World Heritage Convention. In the guidelines of the UNESCO, the main objective of such management is being described as ensuring the sustainability of goods on the World Heritage List.

5 strategic goals

The City of Brussels worked out a methodology with all actions and projects around 5 strategic goals:

  • management of the goods
  • preservation of heritage which guarantees it as a whole and its authenticity
  • development of a functional mix, in particular between housing and trade
  • improving the living environment
  • raising awareness, promotion, exchange and tourism development

The plan was developed in cooperation with the various departments of the City and other partners and organizations working within the zone. The next management plan will be valid for 6 years (2016-2022).

Past actions?

Meanwhile, a number of actions have already been taken to preserve the unique heritage in the UNESCO area:

Practical information

Town planning
Cell Historical heritage
Brussels administrative centre
Boulevard Anspach 6
1000 Brussels

Tel. : 02 279 30 10

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Information and management of the materials connected to the historical heritage.