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General Country data

The main cultural assets of Hungary

Hungary has been a member of ICCROM since 1993 notwithstanding with a short break between 2013 and 2017. The Government of Hungary considers the country's membership to be a priority in terms of cultural heritage protection interests.

Hungary's rich cultural heritage assets and traditions are deeply interwoven into the identity of the nation; it has a diverse, uniquely built and intangible heritage due to its more than one-thousand-year-old history and its surpassingly talented people. The country has a philosophical approach to heritage and its refined aesthetic sense. Although Hungary is a relatively small country, its cultural assets are well represented on UNESCO's World Heritage List (8 sites) and List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (6 elements).

The legal framework on cultural heritage conservation

The protection and management of the tangible cultural heritage is generally regulated by the “Act on the protection of Cultural Heritage”. Hungary always reacts to changes and challenges with innovative solutions, it was in this spirit that the “Act on World Heritage” was drafted. It was among the first acts adopted dealing with world heritage on a global level, together with the “Act on High-rise Buildings” and the “Act on the Protection of Townscapes”, which are unique within the European Union, addressing the contemporary issues of townscape protection based on broad social involvement, taking into consideration the approach of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. The legal framework is completed with different government and ministerial decrees as well.

The cultural and natural sites on the World Heritage List

Hungary has 8 sites (7 in the cultural and one in the natural category) inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (1987); Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings (1987); Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst (1995); Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Surroundings (1996); Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta (1999); Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) (2000), Fertő/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (2001); and Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape (2002).

Adhesion to ICCROM

Hungary is a Member State of ICCROM since 07/06/1993


Mandates in ICCROM Council since 1958:

  • 1994-2001: Agnes Timar-balazsy
  • 2004-2007: Beatrix Kastaly

ICCROM Staff since 1959: 1

Involvement of Hungarian Nationals

Activities in/with Hungary since 2002

Activities details

Activities details

  • 2002 - 2 Mission(s)
  • 2003 - 2 Mission(s), 2 Technical assistance(s)
  • 2004 - 2 Mission(s), 1 Technical assistance(s)
  • 2009 - 1 Mission(s)
  • 2017 - 1 Mission(s)
  • 2018 - 1 Mission(s)
  • 2023 - 1 Mission(s)

External links

Governmental Cultural Institutions

Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions

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