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Autumn 2016

7 Most Endangered 2016

Rescue missions to the 7 Most Endangered 2016

Heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute went on mission to the archaeological site of Ererouyk and the village of Anipemza in Armenia in July; to Patarei Sea Fortress in Tallinn in Estonia as well as to the Kampos of Chios in Greece in September. Two other sites, Colbert Swing Bridge in Dieppe in France and Helsinki-Malmi Airport in Finland, were visited already in June. In the coming months we plan to hold working meetings related to the Convent of St. Anthony of Padua in Extremadura in Spain and the Ancient city of Hasankeyf and its surroundings in Turkey. Along with the representatives from the organisations that nominated the sites, the European experts have met, and will meet, with national, regional and local stakeholders to mobilise them and encourage them to join forces in saving these endangered gems of Europe’s cultural heritage. The key findings and recommendations of all missions will be published in reports at the beginning of 2017. Read more

Local Ceremonies for Grand Prix winners


Employees and Activists of the Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 21/10, Sarajevo held great celebrations in honour of the Employees and Activists of the National Museum with an exceptional concert by Jordi Savall
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‘Adopt a Monument’ programme, Finland

The programme ‘Adopt a Monument’ received the Grand Prix in Education and Awareness-Raising during a seminar on social participation in heritage held in Tampere on 09/09. Read more


Conservation Study of the Village Gostuša, Serbia

The Grand Prix of the European Heritage Awards was presented to a Serbian winner for the first time, namely the Conservation Study of the Village Gostuša in Pirot District on 31/08. Read more


Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary

EU Commissioner Navracsics and our President Plácido Domingo praised the rehabilitation of the Liszt Academy, a 2015 Grand Prix winner, at an event in Budapest on 07/08.
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Domingo: Destruction of Heritage is a Human Rights issue

Our President (who is also Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO) sent a forceful video message to the event held on 27 October at the UN Headquarters in New York on the theme ‘Time to end Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage: A Human Rights Call to Action’. He urged world leaders and citizens alike to work closer together to put an end to the destruction of heritage across the Globe and expressed Europa Nostra’s support to the report presented by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune. Read more


Preparing for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The EC proposal for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (published on 30 August), is expected to be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament by the end of this year. This proposal, which refers to Europa Nostra as one of the key stakeholders consulted in the process, sends a strong signal to both policy-makers and citizens that cultural heritage matters for Europe’s future. Europa Nostra, in cooperation with German Cultural Heritage Committee - DNK will hold a public debate on the Year on 10 November, during its meetings at the Denkmal Fair in Leipzig. Read more


Helena Vaz da Silva Award for Plantu and Eduardo Lourenço

The world-renowned French cartoonist Jean Plantureux, known as Plantu, and the eminent Portuguese philosopher Eduardo Lourenço jointly received the 2016 Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage. The award was presented to the laureates by the President of the Portuguese Republic at a memorable ceremony held on 10 October at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. This Award is a joint initiative of the Centro Nacional de Cultura, our representation in Portugal, Europa Nostra and the Clube Português de Imprensa. Read more


Europa Nostra backs UNESCO’s appeal to save Venice

On 14 July, during the 40th World Heritage Committee session in Istanbul, Europa Nostra endorsed UNESCO’s appeal to the Italian authorities to urgently adopt the necessary measures to save Venice and its Lagoon. This message was conveyed by Europa Nostra’s President Plácido Domingo in a letter sent to UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova on 11 July. Earlier this year, The Venice Lagoon was declared as ‘The Most Endangered Site in Europe’ by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute. Read more


Other news


10-14 May 2017 l EUROPEAN HERITAGE CONGRESS in Turku, Finland

11 May | Forum on ‘Civic Participation in Heritage Protection’ organised by EN Finland

12 May | Council and General Assembly meetings

13 May | Excellence Fair: Presentations by Award winners

13 May | European Heritage Awards Ceremony



Iceland: Ceremony for the French Hospital

UK: Prehistoric Picture Project celebrated at McDonald Institute in Cambridge

Greece: Grand Prix for Traditional Watermill in Agios Germanos, Prespes

Belarus: Europa Nostra Award presented to the National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve 'Niasvizh'

The Netherlands: Ceremony for the Museum Oud Amelisweerd held

The Netherlands: Europa Nostra voices great concern about possible closure of Museum Oud Amelisweerd

The Netherlands: Rehabilitation of Fort Kijkuit honoured

Belgium: Conversion of De Hoorn brewery into a creative hub celebrated

Norway: Ceremony honoured Friends of the Storfjord

Portugal: Ceremony for Cathedral and Diocesan Museum in Santarém assembled 400 people

Scotland: European Heritage Award presented to Knockando Woolmill



Leipzig: European Heritage Movement represented at denkmal fair on 9-11 November

Leipzig: Official Launch of “Heritage Times”

Antwerp: Masterplan for the renovation of the Bourla theatre to be presented in May 2017

Helsinki: 50.000 people sign petition to keep Malmi Airport in operation

Quito: Europa Nostra contributes to UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Valletta: Former President of Italia Nostra Giorgio Bassani commemorated

Guimarães: ‘Cultural Heritage counts for Europe’ presented at cultural tourism conference

Leuven: 40th anniversary of our partner Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation!

Weimar: Social Media Volunteers for Heritage initiative launched

Brussels: SEECOM conference: Cultural heritage as a resource for positive communication about Europe

Istanbul: Europa Nostra raises its voice against destructions of heritage in South-East Turkey



Bosnia & Herzegovina: Oslobodjenje newspaper

Estonia: Eesti Paevaleht newspaper

Germany: Denkmal Fair newsletter

The Netherlands: website of national TV station NOS

Serbia: Vecernje Novosti newspaper

Spain: Hispania Nostra magazine

Switzerland:Heimatschutz/Patrimoine magazine



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