THE DAYS of European Cultural Heritage opened in Bardejov in eastern Slovakia on September 8. Throughout September similar events followed in other municipalities under the 2011 leitmotif “Values of Cultural Heritage for Society”.
“Our association addressed about 450 towns and villages in Slovakia that have important monuments or artefacts, and called on them to open some spaces that are not normally available to the public or to show some new exhibits,” Juraj Paučula of the Association of Historical Towns and Municipalities told the TASR newswire.
Bardejov made part of its normally inaccessible state archives available to the public, as well as several Jewish monuments.
The town also marked the occasion by awarding prizes for the protection of cultural monuments. Though prizes have been awarded for the past 20 years, the number of categories rose this year from six to 10. Two categories had no laureates this year while others had several.
The candidates were judged by representatives of Pamiatky a múzeá (Monuments and Museums), a specialised magazine published by the Slovak National Museum and the Slovak Monuments Board.
Altogether, 11 prizes in eight categories were bestowed on individuals and institutions during a ceremony at St Egidius Cathedral in Bardejov.
10. Oct 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská