Athens Charter

Dernière mise à jour le 6 September 2019

“The Athens Charter for the Restoration of Historic Monuments. Adopted at the First International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments, Athens 1931.”

“Seven important resolutions were presented at the Athens Congress and called “Carta del Restauro”:”

  1. “International organizations providing advice and acting at an operational level in the field of restoration of historic monuments should be established.
  2. Restoration projects must be subject to informed criticism to avoid mistakes that lead to the loss of the historic character and values of monuments.
  3. In each State, problems relating to the conservation of historic sites must be resolved through national legislation.
  4. Excavated archaeological sites that are not undergoing immediate restoration should be re-buried to ensure their protection.
  5. Modern techniques and materials can be used for restoration work.
  6. Historic sites must be protected by a strict security system.
  7. Particular attention should be paid to the protection of the vicinity of historic sites.”


The New Athens Charter

“The European Council of Town Planners (CEU) is convinced that in the 21st century, Europe will move towards integration. In this perspective, the CEU presents a shared and largely collective vision on the future of European cities as the basis for the “New Athens Charter 2003” (Part A). This is the vision of a network of Cities that:

  • will preserve the cultural richness and diversity that have resulted from their long history;
  • will become linked to each other by a multitude of networks, full of useful content and functions;
  • will remain creative and competitive, but at the same time seek complementarity and cooperation;
  • will make a decisive contribution to the well-being of their inhabitants and, more generally, to the well-being of all those who use them.”

“The vision that underlies the 2003 Athens New Charter is complemented (Part B) by:

  • ten dominant themes for the cities of tomorrow;
  • a brief reference to the main issues and challenges affecting cities at the beginning of the 21st century;
  • the commitments that planners are making to implement this Vision.”

“The New Athens Charter 2003 is primarily addressed to professional urban planners working in Europe and to those interested in their work, in order to guide them in their actions to configure European cities over time into coherent cities at all levels in all fields.”