On 1 July 2018, at its 42nd session in Manama/Bahrain, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recognised Naumburg Cathedral as Germany’s 44th World Heritage site. The Cathedral’s outstanding significance is dominated by the work of the artist known by the Notname Naumburg Master, who gained a reputation in art and architectural history and who learned his art in northern France at the zenith of the High Gothic period. With his workshop, he brought the High Gothic style developed in the cathedrals of Noyon, Amiens and Reims across the Rhineland to Naumburg, to the east of the Roman Empire. He subsequently travelled on to northern Spain.
Michelle Müntefering, Federal Foreign Office Minister of State for International Cultural Policy, issued the following statement today (21 October):
I am delighted to be able to present the UNESCO Certificate confirming Naumburg Cathedral’s inscription on the World Heritage List. The methods and work of the Naumburg Master emphasise in a very impressive way that our historic sites become part of the common heritage of mankind above all when exchange between cultures and regions is part of their DNA.
The application for a decision to inscribe Naumburg Cathedral on the World Heritage List was submitted to the Committee previously in 2015 and 2017. The surrounding cultural landscape was also included in these first two nominations. However, only Naumburg Cathedral was ultimately recognised as a site of outstanding universal significance. “As a central work of the Naumburg Master, Naumburg Cathedral impressively documents how important cultural exchange and artist mobility have been for societal and artistic developments in Europe,” said Müntefering.