Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork



CountryPoland
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCity and County of Malbork, Pomeranian Voivodship (formerly Elblag Voivodship)
CoordinatesN54 2 30 E19 1 60
Inscription Date1997
Property (ha)18
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo 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
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number847
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/847
DescriptionThis 13th-century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier conservators.
StatusWorld Heritage Site