THE VENICE CHARTER - Definitions (art. 1-3)
The concept of a historic monument embraces not only the single architectural work but also the urban or rural setting in which is found the evidence of a particular civilization, a significant development or a historic event. This applies not only to great works of art but also to more modest works of the past which have acquired cultural significance with the passing of time.
The conservation and restoration of monuments must have recourse to all the sciences and techniques which can contribute to the study and safeguarding of the architectural heritage.
The intention in conserving and restoring monuments is to safeguard them no less as works of art than as historical evidence.
[continuation: s. 'Conservation']