League of Historical Cities

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League of Historical Cities
League of Historical Cities logo.png
Abbreviation LHC
Formation 1987
Type Nonprofit organization
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Board of directors Vienna, Xi'an, Ballarat, Gyeongju, Isfahan, Konya, Odessa
Website www.city.kyoto.jp/somu/kokusai/lhcs/
Formerly called World Conference of Historical Cities Council

The League of Historcial Cities (LHC) was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1987. It holds a biennial world conference and provides cities from different cultures with a platform for bilateral cooperation and mutual learning. The League also acts as a think tank for bilateral cooperation and best practices.[1] It aims to strengthen affiliations between historic cities to exchange knowledge and experience and ultimately, world peace by deepening mutual understanding and building on the common foundation of historical cities to strengthen affiliations between cities. [2]

As of March 24, 2014, The League is composed of 102 members from 61 countries and regions of five continents.[3] It is in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Organization of World Heritage Cities.


The league holds a biennial world conference.[4]

  1. Kyoto 1987 "Historical Cities in the 21st Century - Tradition and Creativity -"
  2. Florence 1988 "Historical Cities in the Future of Mankind"
  3. Barcelona 1991 "The Memories of and Futures of Cities"
  4. Kyoto 1994 "In Quest of the Wisdom of Historical Cities"
  5. Xi'an 1996 "Revival of Historical Cities"
  6. Kraków 1998 "Heritage and Development of Historical Cities"
  7. Montpellier 2000 "History of Value"
  8. Montreal 2003 "Conserving and Developing - How? With whom? Why? -"
  9. Gyeongju 2005 "Today and Tomorrow of the Historical Cities: Preservation and Restoration of the Historical Cities"
  10. Ballarat 2006 "Sustainable Historical Cities: - Economics, Preservation and Visions for the Future -"
  11. Konya 2008 "Living Cultural Heritage in Historical Cities"
  12. Nara 2010 "Succession of Historical City with Creative Revitalization"
  13. Huế 2012 "Defining Universal Heritage Challenges and Solutions"[5]

Member cities[edit]




Latin America[edit]

North Africa, Middle East, Central and West Asia[edit]

North America[edit]



  1. ^ "League of Historical Cities (LHC)". Vienna City. 
  2. ^ "League of Historical Cities". City of Ballarat. 
  3. ^ World Historical Cities (66), The League of Historical Cities, March 2014 
  4. ^ "Brochure of the League of Historical Cities". 2013. 
  5. ^ "World Conference of Historic Cities opens in Hue". Nhan Dan newspaper. 2012-04-17. 
  6. ^ "Tainan becomes member of League of Historical Cities". The China Times. 2012-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Norwich enters historical league". BBC News. 2007-07-17. 

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