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Public Choice Award & 7 Grand Prix winners

2016 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards: 28 winners, 16 countries

The winners were honoured for their achievements during an event on 24 May in Madrid.

Public Choice Award & 7 Grand Prix winners

The seven most outstanding projects received a Grand Prix and a €10,000 reward, and one, the Public Choice Award, was chosen in an online poll

The King's Little Pathway, Malaga, SPAIN(Grand Prix winner & Public Choice Award, Category Conservation)

The renovation of one of the world’s scariest hikes has opened up this natural heritage to all

“The renovation of the pathway has secured and opened up this unique and special example of natural and industrial heritage to all visitors and this Grand Prix is in recognition of this achievement"

“This project belongs to all who are involved in it. With the city mayors of all political parties, we got together to restore the Caminito del Rey. This is a great success for the this project"

Announcement of the winner of the Public Choice Award by Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra & Interview with the winner, Elías Bendodo Benasayag, Presidente, Diputación Provincial de Málaga

Traditional Watermill in Agios Germanos, GREECE(Grand Prix winner, Category Conservation)

The social impact and preservation of this fine example of industrial heritage is worthy of the highest merit

“We commend the recovery of this mill, characteristic of industrialisation in Europe. The complexity and the water supply system is beautiful and has been restored with a high level of expertise"

The jury noted "the high educational and social engagement which contributed to the sustainable economic and environmental development in the village and in the region on a wider scale"

Interview of Aggeliki Georganta, Architect, after receiving the Grand Prix from Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra

Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole, UK(Grand Prix winner, Category Conservation)

Built as a pseudo-medieval ruin of a castle, this project inspires thought about the very nature of conservation.

“This project raises questions about the preservation of a designed ruin and inspires thought about conservation. It is informed by detailed research and is a model of cooperative endeavour”

“The clever restoration has returned this beautiful landmark to the public and has enriched our knowledge of the social and cultural history of the estate”

Speech by David Adshead, Head Curator, The National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, after receiving the Grand Prix from Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra

Conservation study of the village Gostuša, SERBIA(Grand Prix winner, Category Research)

This study of endangered architecture boosted the sense of community thanks to good research and conservation.

This study of endangered architecture in this unique village boosted the sense of community and provided potential for growth. The project is an admirable example of good research and conservation

“The intention of the team to re-use the former government buildings as cultural centres which could potentially encourage tourism and revitalise the village is a valuable aspect of this project”

Interview with Elena Vasić Petrović, Director of the Institute for Cultural Heritage Preservation Nis, after receiving the Grand Prix from Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Culture

Employees of the National, Sarajevo, BiH(Grand Prix winner, Category Dedicated Service)

Deprived of funding, the National Museum shut its doors in 2012, but its workers continued to work without pay

“In collaboration with AKCIJA, the Museum employees galvanised public support to preserve this unique collection, representative of the cultural and religious diversity of BiH and the Balkans region”

“The museum workers and activists worked hard and without pay for 3 years. Their commitment was publicly articulated through the campaign conducted by AKCIJA, which influenced policy at a state level"

Interview with Mirsad Sijaric, Director of the National Museum of BiH, and Aida Kalender, Director of AKCIYA Sarajevo, after receiving the Grand Prix from Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra

Mrs. Giulia Maria Crespi, Milan, ITALY(Grand Prix winner, Category Dedicated Service)

Mrs. Crespi has devoted her life to cultural heritage through Fondo Ambiente Italiano, which she founded in 1975

"With her strong personality and leadership, Mrs. Crespi had a direct influence on cultural heritage policy and decision-making in Italy. She approached her work with determination and generosity"

"I have known Mrs Crespi for 40 year. She engaged her personal enthusiasm, she engaged her knowledge, she used all of this influence, not for herself but for her belief in conservation"

‘Adopt a Monument’, Tampere, FINLAND (Grand Prix winner, Category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising)

This project encourages the adoption of monuments of cultural significance by citizens

“Adopt a Monument is a creative way to actively involve local inhabitants in the care and preservation of their local heritage and helps to encourage the protection of smaller, unprotected buildings"

"The array of structures for adoption are from different periods in history and shows the inclusive nature of this programme. The project is sustainable and has potential to be applied across Europe"

Interview with Toimi Jaatinen, General Manager, City of Tampere, after receiving the Grand Prix from Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra

The winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016 presented their exceptional achievements during the Excellence Fair on 24 May 2016 at the College of Architects of Madrid

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards was launched by the European Commission in 2002 and has been run by Europa Nostra since then

Europa Nostra is the European federation of heritage NGOs covering 40 countries in Europe. The organisation is the voice of civil society committed to safeguarding and promoting Europe's heritage

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