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Kaunas Modernist Architecture and UNESCO

The question of the possible granting of UNESCO World Heritage status to Kaunas modernist architecture was first raised officially in 2013 by initiating discussions and putting on exhibitions.
In 2014, in parallel with the preparation of the application for the award of the European Heritage Label (EHL) to Kaunas interwar architecture (the EHL was awarded in 2015), the Kaunas City Municipality Council adopted the decision “On the Approval to Include Kaunas Interwar Modernist Architecture in the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List”.
In 2016, the cross-institutional working group formed by the order of the Minister of Culture prepared a tentative application to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, informing of Lithuania’s intention to define this value and the possibility to inscribe it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In January 2017, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre informed the Ministry of Culture that the submitted application met the necessary requirements, and Kaunas modernist architecture was included in the Tentative List of Lithuania, a party to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and forwarded to the competent advisory bodies to familiarize themselves with the information therein.


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