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European Heritage Awards 2023: Two Awarded Projects from Romania

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the 2023 European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards winners. Romania has two awarded projects among the winners.

Via Transilvanica wins in Citizens’ Engagement & Awareness-raising category, while Pathfinders of the Waters, Danube Delta wins in Education, Training & Skills.

The annual EU prize for cultural heritage rewards 28 excellent initiatives and outstanding personalities from 20 European countries representing the latest developments and priorities related to European heritage policy and practice.

Winners in each category of European Heritage Awards 2023

Conservation & Adaptive Reuse

Steam Engine Brewery, Lobeč, CZECHIA

Friluftsskolen Open-Air School, Copenhagen, DENMARK

Hôtel de la Marine, Paris, FRANCE

Royal Gardens of Venice, ITALY

Museum of Urban Wooden Architecture, Vilnius, LITHUANIA

Wit Stwosz Altarpiece in St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków, POLAND

Mudéjar Ceilings of the Cathedral of Funchal, Madeira, PORTUGAL

Deba Bridge, Gipuzkoa, SPAIN

Ruins of the Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza, Gradefes, SPAIN


Scientific-Archaeological Studies for the Preservation of Ererouyk, ARMENIA/FRANCE

Proto-Industrial Architecture of the Veneto in the Age of Palladio, ITALY

Safeguarding of the Artisanal Fishing Technique “Arte-Xávega”, PORTUGAL

Education, Training & Skills



Carpenters without Borders, Paris, FRANCE

National Centres for Restoration of Historic Vessels, NORWAY

Pathfinders of the Waters, Danube Delta, ROMANIA

Citizens’ Engagement & Awareness-raising

Village Square Meer, Antwerp, BELGIUM

Budapest100, HUNGARY

Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Dublin, IRELAND

Open for You, ITALY

ALMADA Project, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

Via Transilvanica, ROMANIA

Un-archiving Post-industry, UKRAINE

Heritage Champions

Hambis Tsangaris, CYPRUS

Sergio Ragni, ITALY

Cláudio Torres, PORTUGAL

Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO), UKRAINE/INTERNATIONAL PROJECT.

Each winning achievement of this year’s European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards results from extraordinary skills and commitment, collective and individual, spanning European heritage places and traditions. By honouring these achievements, we also reiterate our firm commitment to protecting our shared cultural heritage, which is vital for our sense of togetherness as citizens and communities of Europe.

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life

The award ceremony will take place on 28 September in Venice at the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2023. The summit that Europa Nostra organizes with the support of the European Commission takes place from 27 to 30 September.

About Via Transilvanica

Via Transilvanica is a long-distance trail of 1,400 kilometers that crosses Romania diagonally, from Putna to Drobeta Turnu Severin and is suitable for hiking, cycling or horseback riding.

About Pathfinders of the Waters

Pathfinders of the Waters represents a group of children who have built life-size wooden boats with their own hands, with which they explore the waters of the localities they belong to learn as much as possible about these natural spaces. In years to come, with their passion for nature and accumulated knowledge, they will be able to become capable guides for visitors. The guides come from Mila 23, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Eșelnita, Sfântu Gheorghe, Sulina, Piscu, Chilia Veche, and Comana. They built their canoes and paddles in “meaningful learning” workshops, in 4-week sessions, under the guidance of the carpenter Viorel Gheorghe of the Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23 Association.

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