Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities 2021
Wednesday 8 September 2021 is the Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities. On the occasion of this day, the City of Brussels, a member since 1998, invites you to discover the Grand-Place in a special way through the virtual tour of the Grand-Place to Be exhibition.
The day celebrates the creation of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) and provides an opportunity to underline the important responsibility of cities for the protection and promotion of their World Heritage Sites, to show solidarity with other World Heritage cities.
The City invites you to discover the heritage of the Grand-Place via the virtual tour The Grand-Place to Be, organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the inscription of the Grand-Place on the World Heritage List in 2018. This exhibition is entirely devoted to the Grand-Place, its history, heritage and management, and is being held at the King's House, the Museum of the City of Brussels.
The organization, founded on 8 September 1993, brings together more than 300 cities with a site on their territory that has been inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. The City of Brussels has been a member since 1999. Each city is represented by its mayor, assisted by municipal administrators specialized in heritage.
Collaboration and exchange of information and expertise between the members in the field of World Heritage conservation and management is the main objective.
Since 1998, the Grand-Place of Brussels has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This site includes a cobbled market place, with characteristic buildings of municipal and ducal powers and the former guild houses.
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This international recognition implies very specific management by the government. A management plan has been drawn up coordinating the actions and projects in the area to enable the follow-up and monitoring of this heritage: