Nomination Chronology

Working towards the World Heritage Site

In 2012, the process to update the current German Tentative List began. Each Land was allowed to suggest up to two new World Heritage Sites. The State Capital of Erfurt's application was submitted to the Standing Conference by the Thuringian Ministry for Education, Science and Culture (TMBWK).

In front of the Old Synagogue's northern facade, the Deputy Mayor for Construction and Traffic, Mr. Ingo Mlejnek, submits the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value to the Thuringian Minister for Education, Science and Culture, Mr. Christoph Matschie.
Picture: Ingo Mlejnek, Deputy Mayor for Construction and Traffic (left), submitting the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value to the Thuringian Minister for Education, Science and Culture, Christoph Matschie, on 17 July 2012. Picture: © Stadtverwaltung Erfurt

The KMK specially convened an advisory board to provide expert support. In 2013 and 2014, the proposals from all federal states were reviewed by experts from various disciplines. In spring 2014, the advisory board made a recommendation on the composition and order of the new tentative list, which was officially agreed upon by the KMK in June.

According to this, Erfurt with its Jewish medieval heritage was included as the sixth of a total of nine new proposals whose turn it was to apply to Unesco in succession from 2017.

Erfurt's application and management plan were submitted to Unesco in Paris on time in early 2021. In September 2021, the evaluation took place with a detailed inspection in Erfurt and expert opinions on the submitted documents. As usual, this was followed by further rounds of questions, which were answered in writing.

In the second half of June 2022, a decision on the Erfurt application was to be made at the Unesco Commission meeting in Kazan, Russia. This meeting was to be chaired by Russia. However, due to the Ukraine war, it was initially postponed at the end of April 2022.

In January, the time for the 45th session of Unesco was set between September 10 and 25, 2023. The session will be held in Riyadh under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia.  The World Heritage Committee made the decision on Erfurt's application on September 17, 2023. Since then, Erfurt has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list with its Jewish-medieval heritage