Hungarian National Office of Cultural Heritage

Protection of cultural heritage in Hungary

The Hungarian National Office of Cultural Heritage (Kulturális Örökségvédelmi Hivatal – KÖH) embodies all three professional fields of movable and immovable cultural heritage: historic buildings, archaeology and movable cultural heritage, thus exercising legal authority over the full spectrum of heritage protection. KÖH is the administrative authority in first instance of historic monuments, archaeological sites and movable cultural heritage.

The National Office is responsible for nearly 11 thousand listed historic sites, buildings, conservation areas and historic gardens all over Hungary as well as for more than 100 thousand archaeological sites and 400 movable cultural heritage in private ownership.  For the protection of works of art, KÖH and other official Hungarian agencies use the TREIMA II image database system, which was designed by the French government agency OCBC and developed by LTU technologies.