Creative Europe: Sibenik Fortress Restoration Shining Example

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

December the 17th, 2020 – The historic Dalmatian city of Sibenik has long been known as a shining star when it comes to the proper and creative use of European Union funds, and when it comes to the the Sibenik fortress restoration, it’s difficult to find a better example.

As Lucija Spiljak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the success of the Sibenik fortress restoration, which regards the fortresses of St. Mihovil and Barone, has seen the two mighty structures placed on the list of 32 examples of good practice from the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme.

The aforementioned programme is otherwise one of the most important publications of the European Union called Cultural Heritage in Action, which deals with programmes worth 1.46 billion euros for the cultural and creative sector.

The City of Sibenik is presented as an innovative city that has turned its imposing fortresses into exceptional tourist locations, settling well into the company of large European cities.

“We’re extremely proud of the restoration of the fortresses of St. Mihovil and Barone, and the reconstruction of the third fortification building. Sibenik has become an example of good practice due to its excellence in the management of cultural assets, which is why we’re proud,” said Sibenik Mayor Zeljko Buric.

With the help of the Sibenik fortress restoration initiatives, Sibenik has managed to position itself as the cultural centre of Croatia, the fortresses have been revitalised and are some of the most visited historical monuments in all of Croatia, where numerous cultural events, concerts, screenings and more are organised.

The European publication also highlights the Club of Friends of Sibenik Fortresses, which connects the local population with the restored cultural heritage of the city.

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