in December 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee came together for their annual meeting in Phuket, Thailand. The results announced by the committee at the end of the meeting were a sensation. As the first industrial monument from the heyday of iron and steel production, the Völklinger Hütte is granted a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site list. Since then, the Völklinger Hütte is on an equal footing with the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef, the Cologne Cathedral and the pyramids of Giza. For the “20 Years of the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks” jubilee we have opened the new “UNESCO Visitor Centre”, in which the well-founded knowledge, spectacular technology and the aura of the Sintering Plant have been combined to make for an extraordinary experience.
With the exhibition “Egypt – Gods. Humans. Pharaohs.” a dream has been fulfilled for our World Cultural Heritage team. Masterpieces from one of the oldest and most significant high cultures of our civilisation meet with the worldwide unique blower machines in the Blower Hall of the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks. Two chapters of human history, industrialisation and the high culture of Ancient Egypt encounter one another at the one place – simply incomparable!
Aside from the cultural experience of “Egypt – Gods. Humans. Pharaohs.” we are displaying the exhibition, “25 Years of German Reunification”, featuring 40 key photographs by renowned photographer Helmut R. Schulze on German reunification.
The top platform (27 m above ground level), the viewing platform (45 m above ground level), “The Paradise”, on the grounds of the former coking plant offer other facets of a cultural location that is very much alive.
I heartily invite you, your family and friends to visit the World Cultural Heritage Site, its events and exhibitions.