As Morski writes on the 8th of December, 2019, the final conference of the project ”The touristic valorisation of Saint Nicholas Fortress in the Saint Ante Channel” presents the results of the reconstruction of the fortress at the entrance to Šibenik.
The results of the project were presented by Prefect Goran Pauk, Director of the ”Nature” Public Institution of Šibenik-Knin County, Anita Babačić Ajduk, Chief Designer of the Croatian Restoration Institute, Ana Škevin Mikulandra and Renata Tomljenović, research associate at the Zagreb Institute of Tourism.
”If we’re using sports vocabulary, then we’ve reached the semifinals. We have come a long way, but the most important matches are still ahead of us. This project created all the documentation and preconditions for obtaining the funds for the complete and final reconstruction of Saint Nicholas Fortress. The next step is to include the project in the list of strategic projects of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia,” pointed out the Goran Pauk.
The activities and results of the Saint Nicholas Fortress project were presented by Anita Babačić Ajduk.
”First of all, thank you to the great collaborators for the project. We’ve obtained top quality documents that place emphasis on protection, conservation and sustainable use. This is in line with the principles of operation of our institution and the recommendations of UNESCO. Our concept and the guiding principle in the planning and implementation of projects so far and in the future is the integral sustainable management of natural and cultural heritage. These documents are not only a tool for obtaining new cash from EU funds, but also a guarantee that at the end of the process we’ll receive the originally restored fortress in its full glory,” Ajduk stated.
The main and detailed design of the fortification and renovation was presented by Ana Škevin Mikulandra, Chief Designer of the Croatian Restoration Institute:
”The project provided a solution for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated and damaged building structures of the fort. The conservation and restoration works, the construction rehabilitation and the furnishing are included. The design approach is based on conservation principles with the aim of preserving its monumental integrity and the value, with reversible contemporary interventions, all in order to contribute to the creation of new value and to position the fortress in accordance with global importance.
The Saint Nicholas Fortress’ management plan was presented by a research associate of the Institute of Tourism, Renata Tomljenović:
”The plan is an instrument for the sustainable management of the fort and its contact zone. This includes protection, sustainable use, management and visitation, and funding, education and collaboration. The goal is to make the fortress world renowned for its impressive architecture in a unique natural environment, but above all to preserve its authenticity, manage it sustainably, for the benefit of citizens, visitors and future generations,” she stated.
The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program.
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