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Budapest Hosts ‘Limes Conference’ As Hungary Eyes New Addition To Its UNESCO World Heritage Site List

Budapest is hosting an international conference on the extension of the UNESCO World Heritage site comprising the one-time Roman Empire’s border line, the Limes, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The ‘Roman Limes’ represents the border line of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century AD. It  stretched over 5,000 km from the Atlantic coast of northern Britain, through Europe to the Black Sea, and from      there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast. The remains of the Limes today consist of          vestiges of built walls, ditches, forts, fortresses, watchtowers and civilian settlements. (source: unesco.org)

Conservation experts by Hungary and nine other European nations are meeting here to coordinate their strategies for submitting their relevant applications to the UNESCO and finalise a joint thematic study about the defence line constructed in the 2nd century, the office said. They are also discussing the document that defines the universal values of the nearly 6,000 kilometre long chain of fortifications stretching along 18 countries on three continents.

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The limes of the Roman Empire was a nearly 6,000 kilometre long chain of fortifications in the North

The conference, to be held in the Hungarian National Museum behind closed doors, may help the Hungarian government submit its application in January 2018 for listing as UNESCO World Heritage Site the remains of the over 400-kilometre stretch of the Limes on its territory, in partnership with the similar Austrian-South German and the Slovak applications.

The one-time Roman province of Pannonia, more or less the Western half of today’s Hungary, was not only known for its important military role but also for its flourishing economy, colorful culture and rich architectural heritage. Read more about the topic here.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI