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Welcome to the Website of ICOMOS Germany

We are pleased that you are visiting our website and invite you to find out more about the concerns and activities of this international non-governmental heritage organisation. In accordance with the World Heritage Convention of 1972 ICOMOS is advisory body to UNESCO. The German National Committee of ICOMOS advocates the preservation of monuments, ensembles and cultural landscapes on a national and international level.

ICOMOS Germany mourns the death of Michael Petzet (1933-2019)

On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, the long-time President of the German National Committee of ICOMOS and former President of ICOMOS International, Prof. Dr. Michael Petzet, died unexpectedly.

Petzet was appointed Bavarian Conservator General in 1974, an office he held until 1999. From 1988 to 2012 he was President of the German National Committee of ICOMOS and from 1999 to 2008 International President of ICOMOS.
With his numerous writings and lectures, Petzet rendered outstanding services to the principles of contemporary monument conservation worldwide. As an internationally recognized expert on World Heritage issues, he was a sought-after UNESCO advisor and reviewer. He is regarded as a pioneer in the Preventive Monitoring of World Heritage sites to avoid monument conflicts and founded the ICOMOS series "Heritage at Risk".
In 2013, Petzet was awarded the Karl-Friedrich-Schinkel-Ring of the Deutsches Nationalkomitee für Denkmalschutz for his lifetime achievement.
ICOMOS Germany will always honour the memory of its honorary president.