Govt proposes putting Romania cemetery on UNESCO list

Budapest, June 17 (MTI) – The Hungarian government will propose that Hazsongard cemetery, a centuries-old resting place of eminent Hungarians in Cluj, central Romania, be put on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said on Parliament’s website.  

Hungary will recommend that the Romanian government ask UNESCO to declare the cemetery, featuring many graves of historic and cultural importance, a world heritage site, Semjen said.


As UNESCO considers it in the interest of all states to protect the cultural assets on their territory, other nations are not allowed to intervene in this process.


The Hungarian government’s request is based on UNESCO World Heritage Convention approved on November 16, 1972, which stipulates that “parts of the cultural or natural heritage are of outstanding interest and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.”


The cemetery was founded in the late 16th century to accommodate the mortal remains of several outstanding figures of Hungarian literature and science.

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