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Panorama Mesdag wants a place on the World Heritage List

Municipality supports move

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THE HAGUE - The municipal executive board supports the application filed by the Board of the Panorama Mesdag Museum, requesting that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science include the museum on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The World Heritage List already features 878 sites of ‘outstanding universal value,’ protecting some of the most awe-inspiring cultural sites the world has to offer.

Panorama Mesdag is one of the world’s oldest and one of the biggest panorama paintings, and is also deemed to be quintessentially Dutch. The museum renders an endearing 1881 impression of the small fishermen’s village of Scheveningen, which is tucked between the dunes and the coastline.

Artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag’s painting covers a surface 120 metres in length and over 14 metres high. The museum attracts more than 150,000 visitors annually.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is the co-ordinating body for Dutch submissions to the UNESCO World Heritage List.