VIA BONA SLOVAKIA 2015

Good Community Partner: Obnova

The small construction company employing 15 people but having many more to cooperate with it, resides in the historical town of Banská Štiavnica – which is symptomatic, as it deals with reconstruction of tangible cultural heritage.

(Source: Courtesy of Obnova)

“We focus on restoration and reconstruction of monuments in general, but especially castles and architecture of preserved ruins,” the founder and CEO of the Obnova (Renewal) company, Michal Hrčka, says. 

The philosophy and approach of the company can be summed up by the slogan We Do Mind Monuments. In this spirit, also the website Obnova.sk was founded 15 years ago, which until now popularises monuments. Still before the arrival of social networks, shared contents, stories, blogs appeared on it.

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“By that time, it was the only such oriented information source, to some extent even substituting state administration,” he said. “It was thanks to publishing of some information at right point in time and at right place, devastation of some monuments could have been prevented. As journalists, we pointed to inactivity or unlawful practices of owners. In some cases, it helped save historical object,” Michal Hrčka sums up. 

When reconstructing and revitalising historical buildings, the firm tries to use and also promote traditional technologies from the past.

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