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New four lane bridge loses Dresden its Unesco heritage status

The World Heritage Committee has decided to remove Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley from UNESCO’s World Heritage List due to the building of a four-lane bridge.

Dresden was inscribed as a cultural landscape in 2004, but has been on Unesco’s danger list for the last three years because of proposals for the Waldschlösschen Bridge.

The 18th- and 19th-century cultural landscape of Dresden Elbe Valley which stretches some 18 km along the river and features numerous monuments and parks from the 16th to 20th centuries was removed from Unesco’s World Heritage list by the World Heritage Committee who are meeting in Seville this week to review the list.

The Committee said that Germany could present a new nomination relating to Dresden in the future for parts of the site.

Dresden is only the second property ever to have been removed from the World Heritage List. The Oman´s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary was delisted in 2007.

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