Europe is Culture - 7 things to see, or do, or visit - Europe Nostra

by michael rogers

The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated this evening with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On this occasion, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, announced the 7 Grand Prix laureates. The Grand Prix winners were selected by a jury of experts and the Board of Europa Nostra from among this year’s 25 winning achievements and will receive €10,000 each. The winner of the Public Choice Award was announced by the author, broadcaster and past laureate of the Awards, Stéphane Bern. The winner was chosen by the 8,500 people who voted for their favourite heritage achievements in Europe via an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra. The Grande Soirée was the largest public event of the European Cultural Heritage Summit, which has been taking place in Paris from 27-30 October.

The 7 Grand Prix laureates are:

Category Conservation

▪ Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Haarlem, THE NETHERLANDS

▪ The Queen Louise Adit Complex, Zabrze, POLAND

▪ Oratory of the Partal Palace in The Alhambra, SPAIN

Category Research

▪ RomArchive - Digital Archive of the Roma, GERMANY

Category Dedicated Service

▪ Fortidsminneforeningen – National Trust of Norway, NORWAY

Category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

▪ History Radar 1938, Vienna, AUSTRIA

▪ Stewards of Cultural Heritage, GERMANY


The Public Choice Award went to:

▪ Fortified Settlement of Mutso, GEORGIA

During the Ceremony, the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were presented to 25 winners from 16 countries taking part in the EU’s Creative Europe programme. In addition, two remarkable heritage achievements from European countries not participating in that programme also received Europa Nostra Awards, namely Turkey and Switzerland.

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