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L to R: Chairman of the Committee on Physical Education, Sports and Tourism MP Mr. Ireneusz Ras, Mr. Piotr Skrabaczewski, Vice Chairman MP Mr. Zbigniew Pawlak, and the representative of the City of Krakow

 

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L to R: MP Mr. Ras, Ambassador Patricia Ann V. Paez and Director from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Ms. Katarzyna Lasanka

 

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L to R: MP Mr. Tomasz Glogowski who hails from Tarnowskie Gory and MP Mr. Ras

 

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Amb. Paez and Indonesian Embassy Minister Mr. Hubertus Witjaksono

 

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Ambassador of Croatia H.E. Mrs. Andrea Bekić

 

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L to R: MP Mr. Glogowski, Embassy of the Lebanese Republic Chargé d’Affaires Mr. Charbel Macaron, Ambassador of Cuba H.E. Mr. Jorge Marti Martinez, Amb. Paez, Vice Chairman MP Mr. Zbigniew Pawlak, and Ambassador of Croatia H.E. Mrs. Andrea Bekić

 

 

            The Chairman of the Committee on Physical Education, Sports and Tourism of Poland’s Sejm (Parliament) MP Mr. Ireneusz Ras sought support from the Philippines and other countries, which comprise the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, for the listing of the historical Tarnowskie Gory Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System in the UNESCO’s roster of World Heritage Sites during a briefing at the Sejm on 09 June 2017.

            Joining him during the briefing were MP Mr. Tomasz Glogowski, Committee vice-chairman MP Zbigniew Pawlak, and the deputy of the Mayor of Tarnowskie Gory Mr. Piotr Skrabaczewski, among other Polish officials.

            Krakow’s hosting of the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee was also discussed during the briefing.

            The Tarnowskie Gory Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine is the “largest, most significant and accessible complex of historic underground metal mines in Poland which has been preserved by a community association for over 60 years.” Its underground water management system is the largest of its kind in the world and “reflects a 300-year development which is a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering.”

            Tarnowskie Gory is one of the towns in the central part of the Silesian Province.

           The site meets the four (4) inscription criteria of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. A briefing literature entitled Tarnowskie Gory, copies of which were distributed during the briefing at the Sejm, elaborates on how the site meets all the criteria, as follows:

            1). To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius:

            It is “a masterpiece of mid-16th to late 19th century underground hydraulic engineering, representing the peak of European skills in such dewatering technology at a time when mining engineering provided the technical

wherewithal for the development of the world’s first large-scale water supply systems based on the steam-powered pumping of groundwater.”

            2.) To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design:

            It is “a property that exhibits the interchange of technology, ideas and expertise in mining engineering, metallurgical systems and public water supply between leading mining and industrial centers in Saxony, Bohemia, Hungary, Britain and Poland.”

            3.) To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared:

            It is “a testimony to a mining tradition with a 500-year old pedigree, celebrated during the 19th and early 20th centuries by a series of commemorative public parks, that still influences a living culture with a long-standing commitment to conservation and public access to the historic underground mining environment.”

            4.) To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history:

            It is “a unique and enduring technical ensemble of metal mining and water management, distinguished by a significant output of lead and zinc that sustained international metallurgical and architectural demands of the time, and a water system that ultimately drained the mine by gravity and met the needs of the most industrialized and urbanized region in Poland, and amongst the largest in Europe.”

            “The World Heritage Center of the National Heritage Board of Poland cooperates directly with the Management Board of the stakeholder partnership that is responsible for the protection and management of the nominated site at the local level. A Conservation Management Plan is being developed that will further guide protection, conservation and presentation of the attributes that carry Outstanding Universal Value.”