European Heritage Congress


This week, the European Heritage Congress is being held in Madrid.  This important event brings together experts from 31 countries in a conference that includes the granting of the European Union Award for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, 2016.

At the conference this morning, the 2016 award candidates were presented.  In two parallel sessions held at the headquarters of the College of Architects in Madrid, a total of 28 proposals were presented from the four recognized categories.

The category of conservation is notable for the diversity of the proposals.  The twelve projects presented are from eight different European Union countries and each have different approaches and responses, scales and types of cultural heritage.  The projects are notable for the values distinguished by this recognition, such as excellence, repercussion, sustainability or their implication on society.

This evening, at the Zarzuela Theatre, the awards will be given.  Ramon Mayo, president of KALAM, will receive a special mention in the category of Dedication to Heritage.

Below, we share the 2016 list of winners and special mentions.

Category: Conservation

Conversion of De Hoorn brewery into a creative hub, Leuven, BELGIUM

Byzantine Church of St. Peter in Kastania, Mani, GREECE

Traditional Watermill in Agios Germanos, Prespes, GREECE

The French Hospital in Faskrudsfjordur, ICELAND

The Diocletian Baths: charterhouse and open-air pool, Rome, ITALY

Museum Oud Amelisweerd in Bunnik, Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS

Fort Kijkuit in Kortenhoef, Noord-Holland, THE NETHERLANDS

Cathedral and Diocesan Museum in Santarém, PORTUGAL

The King’s Little Pathway in El Chorro gorge, Malaga, SPAIN

Six Churches in Lorca, Murcia, SPAIN

Knockando Woolmill in Aberlour, Moray, UNITED KINGDOM

Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Category: Research

Preservation of underwater archaeological sites, European project coordinated in Copenhagen, DENMARK

‘Granaries of Memory’, Bra, ITALY

Digitisation of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center’s collection in Leiden, THE NETHERLANDS

Conservation study of the village Gostuša in Pirot district, SERBIA

Prehistoric Picture Project. Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art, Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM

‘El patrimonio hidráulico en la provincia de Alicante’, Alicante, SPAIN. Mención especial del jurado

Category: Dedication to Heritage

Employees and activists of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA

Friends of the Storfjord, Sunnmøre, NORWAY

National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “Niasvizh”, Niasvizh, BELARUS

Mrs. Giulia Maria Crespi, Milan, ITALY

Mr. Ramón Mayo, Madrid, SPAIN. Mención especial del jurado

Campaners de la Catedral de Valencia, Valencia, SPAIN. Mención especial del jurado

Category: Education, Training and Awareness

‘The Great War through the eyes of a child’, Roeselare, BELGIUM

‘Star in School’, Karlovac, CROATIA

‘Adopt a Monument’, Tampere, FINLAND

Preserving and promoting dance heritage, Berlin, GERMANY

‘The Little Museum of Dublin’, Dublin, IRELAND

Cultural Heritage Education Programme: “Apprendisti Ciceroni”, Milan, ITALY

Sustainable Development of Mourela Plateau, Peneda-Gerês National Park, PORTUGAL

‘Heritage Schools’, Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM

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