At its meeting in St Petersburg today (30 June), the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to grant the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth world cultural heritage status. Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement in response to the news:
I am glad to hear that the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth has today been recognized by UNESCO as a site of world cultural heritage. Seeing this outstanding testimony to Baroque architecture and culture inscribed on the UNESCO list is a great encouragement to Germany to continue to honour our country’s extraordinary wealth of cultural heritage. We also take this positive decision as recognition of Germany’s enduring commitment to the goals of the World Heritage Committee.
Germany now has 37 historical buildings, urban areas, significant industrial constructions and natural landscapes included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.