UNESCO World Heritage Site:
The Obergermanisch Raetische Limes (Upper Germanic & Rhaetian Limes)
Past, Present and Future
In the 2nd Century BC, the boundaries of the Roman Empire stretched across 5,000 kilometres, encompassing three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa.
To this day, numerous frontier forts have been preserved. In 2005, the 550-kilometre border section of the Obergermanisch Raetische Limes (Upper Germanic & Rhaetian Limes, ORL) was registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ORL crosses the present day states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria.
Relatively speaking, the film covers a minimal part only – the Obergermanisch Raetische Limes (Upper Germanic & Rhaetian Limes) in northern Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The 80-kilometer construct of protective walls and moats is a structural masterpiece, stretching dead straight and irrespective of geographic obstacles through valleys and across mountains.
The limes demonstrate the enormous creative will of the builders of those days. Indisputably, a structure of such gigantic dimensions is a masterpiece of ancient engineering art.
In 2005, the UNESCO honoured the limes as an architectural and structural masterpiece by both ancient and modern standards, and registered the Obergermanisch-Raetische Limes on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Along with the Hadrian's Wall in Great Britain, the limes are listed as the International World Heritage Site “Frontiers of the Roman Empire”.
However, what exactly does being listed as a World Heritage Site mean? Which new tasks will await monument conservators? Which problems might arise when preserving a listed area that has been exposed and unprotected for centuries, and pretty much neglected by people?
We’ll meet people, who dedicate their life to the protection and preservation of the limes. This film aims at building a bridge between historic background and a modern approach, and wants to demonstrate the significance of the limes for the present day region as well as its possibilities for the future. It appeals to people to treat the limes with respect.
Audio format: Stereo 2.0
Format: PAL 16:9
Country code: 2, Europe
Total playing time: ca. 23 minutes
Bonus material: Interviews / Behind the Scenes
City of Öhringen - Office of the Lord Mayor – City Management
Tel.: 07941 / 68 118 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept and production:
Arne Junker | www.arne-junker.de
Print and reproduction: Stadler & Stetter & Co. GmbH
on behalf of the city management of Öhringen.
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