The Second International Congress of
Architects and Technicians of Historical Monuments, in Venice,
May 25-31, 1964, adopted 13 resolutions, the first one
being the International Restoration Charter, better known as the
Venice Charter, and the second one, put forward
by UNESCO, provided for the creation of the International
Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Piero Gazzola, in "Proceedings of the IInd
International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historical
[...]The results of this meeting in Venice are momentous. We
need only recall the creation of the International Councial of Monuments
and Sites (ICOMOS), the institution which constitutes the court
of highest appeal in the area of the restoration of monuments, and
of the conservation of ancient historical centres, of the landscape
and in general of places of artistic and historical importance.
[...] But above all, it is to be recognised that the
most important positive result by far of this assembly has been
the formulation of the international code for restoration: not simply
a cultural episode but a text of historical importance. [...]
In fact, from now on, the Charter of Venice will be in all the world
the official code in the field of the conservation of cultural properties."