"Great honor": Augsburg water management system recognized as a World Heritage
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Baku (dpa) - Unesco has also recognized the water management system in Augsburg (Bavaria) as a World Heritage Site. The committee adopted the historical water system, which was once founded by the Romans, on Saturday at its meeting of Azerbaijan in the list of protected heritage of the world.
He was the second success for Germany. Shortly before, the Montanregion Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří had been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
German delegates celebrated the recognition. Augsburg cultural expert Thomas Weitzel spoke of a "great honor". Even the Romans, who founded Augsburg two millennia ago as Augusta Vindelicum, led water over many kilometers into the city. In the Middle Ages, the systematic use of water then began as an economic factor. Today you can experience the historic water system at more than 20 stations, especially the Lechkanäle in the old town still dominate the cityscape.
Across the city, numerous canals were once used to serve, for example, as an energy supplier to the textile industry. Water wheels drove mills, hammer and pumping stations. Creatively, the water was also used in the 1609 completed butcher's shop. The front Lech was led directly by the "Stadtmetzg", in order to be able to cool the meat in the building and to dispose of waste at the same time.
In the past century, the Augsburg water came in 1972 to Olympic honors. At the Munich Summer Games, the canoe competitions were held in the neighboring Swabian town. Augsburg had received with the ice channel, the first artificially created wild water route in the world. The track is still regularly used for international competitions.
There was also a setback for Germany. The application for the Danube regime, which was submitted together with Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, failed because Budapest changed it at the last moment.
The meeting of the UN Committee this year is in Baku, the capital of the authoritarian ruling former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea. It lasts until 10th of July. Currently, more than 1,000 cultural and natural sites from 167 countries are on the list, including more than 40 in Germany. Several sites received the World Heritage seal of approval on Saturday, including the "pink city" of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, popular in India for its palaces.