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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).
Meanwhile, a number of actions have already been taken to preserve the unique heritage in the UNESCO area:
Cell Historical heritage
Brussels administrative centre
Boulevard Anspach 6
Opening hours : On appointment.
Telephone hours : From Monday till Friday from 8:30 am till 12:00 am and from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
Information and management of the materials connected to the historical heritage.
Disrupted access to the Administrative Centre
On 29 and 30 September and 1 October 2014, the Population and Identity Cards services (2nd floor of the Administrative Centre) will be exceptionally closed due to works.