International Charters



The World Heritage Center

Rooting from the necessity to provide a better and clearer understanding of the importance of cultural heritage preservation, ICOMOS, together with UNESCO, dedicates its efforts to spearheading this movement. Among the many shifts in the international order from 19th century historical events, architectural heritage takes its value into the international domain as various organizations such as ICOMOS were established to safeguard its essence. Over the decades, with more than 130 countries taking part in contributing to the conservation of heritage, different international charters have been adapted by the ICOMOS General Assembly and its National Committees. These charters maintain its relevance and contributions toward achieving the goal of better developed cultural heritage conservation through the creation of more encompassing directives and principles. To date, these guiding principles have enabled ICOMOS’ vision towards a more sustainable and informed cultural heritage practice to continue.


        • International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (The Venice Charter): [PDF]
        • Historic Gardens (The Florence Charter): [PDF]
        • Charter for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Urban Areas (The Washington Charter): [PDF]
        • Charter for the Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage: [PDF]
        • Charter on the Built Vernacular Heritage: [PDF]
        • ICOMOS Charter – Principles for the Analysis, Conservation and Structural Restoration of Architectural Heritage: [PDF]
        • ICOMOS Charter on Cultural Routes: [PDF]
        • The Nara Document on Authenticity: [PDF]
        • Principles for the Recording of Monuments, Groups of Buildings and Sites: [PDF]
        • Joint ICOMOS – TICCIH Principles for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage Sites, Structures, Areas and Landscapes: [PDF]
        • The ICOMOS Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites: [PDF]
        • The Valletta Principles for the Safeguarding and Management of Historic Cities, Towns and Urban Areas : [PDF]
        • ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Charter: Principles and Guidelines for Managing Tourism At Places of Cultural and Heritage : [PDF]
        • Principles for the Preservation of Historic Timber Structures: [PDF]
        • European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage[PDF]
        • Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage: : [PDF]
        • European Charter of the Architectural Heritage[PDF]
        • Charter for Sustainable Tourism:[PDF]
        • The Nizhny Tagil Charter for the Industrial Heritage: [PDF]
        • The Paris Declaration On Heritage as Driver of Development: [PDF]
        • The Charter of Krakow 2000: Principles for Conservation and Restoration of Built Heritage: [PDF]


              • The Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Places and Cultural Significance (The Burra Charter): [Website Link: ICOMOS Australia Charters | PDF]
              • Appleton Charter for the Protection and Enhancement of the Built Environment (ICOMOS Canada): [PDF]
              • Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value (ICOMOS New Zealand): [PDF]
              • Charter for the Preservation of Quebec’s Heritage: Deschambault Declaration (ICOMOS Canada): [PDF]
              • Code on the Ethics of Co-existence in Conserving Significant Places (ICOMOS Australia) [PDF]
              • Indonesia Charter for Heritage Conservation (ICOMOS Indonesia): [PDF]
              • The Zacatecas Charter: The Cities and their Heritage Engagement with Integral Planning (ICOMOS Mexico) : [PDF]