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THE EUROPEAN Union and the pan-European federation for cultural heritage Europa Nostra have announced the recipients of their prizes awarded annually to outstanding cultural heritage projects.
In total, 38 projects from 19 countries were highlighted at the ceremony in Brussels, and six of them were given prizes of €10,000.
Slovakia was represented in two fields of cultural preservation. A medal for archaeology went to the Fisherman's Gate (Rybárska brána) project for the discovery of the remains of a Gothic fortification. The site, located on Bratislava's Hviezdoslavovo Square, was praised for the originality of its presentation.


BOŠÁK's Bank in Prešov.
photo: Courtesy of Europa Nostra

THE EUROPEAN Union and the pan-European federation for cultural heritage Europa Nostra have announced the recipients of their prizes awarded annually to outstanding cultural heritage projects.

In total, 38 projects from 19 countries were highlighted at the ceremony in Brussels, and six of them were given prizes of €10,000.

Slovakia was represented in two fields of cultural preservation. A medal for archaeology went to the Fisherman's Gate (Rybárska brána) project for the discovery of the remains of a Gothic fortification. The site, located on Bratislava's Hviezdoslavovo Square, was praised for the originality of its presentation.

The winner of the architectural-monuments award was the reconstruction of Bošák's Bank (Bošáková banka) in the eastern Slovak city of Prešov. The organisers were praised for the complexity of their rehabilitation of the 1924 bank building.

The aim of the awards is to promote high standards in the preservation of cultural heritage sites, as well as to stimulate international cooperation in this field. For more information on Europa Nostra, the pan-European federation of non-governmental and non-profit organisations for heritage, visit www.europanostra.org

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