Monday, 26 March 2012

Cultural Property



Cultural property is the tangible constituents of the cultural heritage of a particular society, social grouping or civilization. (Read more after Break)

The 1954 'Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Arm Conflict' states that cultural property, this first international protocol, is as thus:



"The term 'cultural property' shall cover, irrespective of origin or ownership:
(a) movable or immovable property of great importance to the cultural heritage of every people, such as monuments of architecture, art or history, whether religious or secular; archaeological sites; groups of buildings which, as a whole, are of historical or artistic interest; works of art; manuscripts, books and other objects of artistic, historical or archaeological interest; as well as scientific collections and important collections of books or archives or of reproductions of the property defined above;
(b) buildings whose main and effective purpose is to preserve or exhibit the movable cultural property defined in sub-paragraph (a) such as museums, large libraries and depositories of archives, and refuges intended to shelter, in the event of armed conflict, the movable cultural property defined in sub-paragraph (a);"


Source for definition:
The UNESCO - Convention for the protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954

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