The Medieval Royal Seat and Forest at Visegrád. A Proposed World Heritage Site and its Heritage Aspects
By József Laszlovszky
Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Preservation Within the Light of New Technologies, Eds. E. Jerem – Zs. Mester – R. Benczes (Budapest, 2006)
Introduction: In 2000, the Republic of Hungary submitted three applications to the UNESCO World Heritage organization for the inclusion of new sites on the World Heritage List. One of them was the “Medieval Royal Seat and Parkland at Visegrád”, a proposal worked out in a relatively short time. The application received a very positive scholarly evaluation in the fi rst round of the selection process, but later the relevant Hungarian authority withdrew it. The two other applications (the Tokaj Wine Region and the extension of the Budapest site) were promoted for further evaluation at that time, and fi nally both received the World Heritage title or the extension of the heritage area. At the same time, it was suggested that the Visegrád application should be developed and it would be considered for resubmission. This article summarizes the main heritage issues connected to the Visegrád site at the time of the submission, while another paper in this volume addresses the problems of the changing heritage aspects.