Europe’s 11 historical sites most at risk, from iconic greek islands to an ancient Armenian castle

The "7 Most Endangered" program, by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, has successfully highlighted and aided in preserving Europe's at-risk cultural heritage sites. This year, attention is drawn to, amongst others, decaying 7th-century structures in Armenia, including a castle and church, and the impact of tourism on the Cyclades islands, where increased construction is eroding their unique character and heritage.

Image: Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) institute have announced the shortlist for this year’s 7 Most Endangered campaign. The advisory panel chose these 11 most endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2024’s shortlist.The final list of 7 sites wil be selected later by the Board of Europa Nostra.

2024’s shortlist:

The campaign, first launched in 2013, has now helped raise awareness of the fragility of over 70 sites across Europe.

By publishing this shortlist, we wish to convey a strong message of solidarity and support to the activists and local communities who are deeply committed to saving these sites. Europe’s heritage must be preserved not only as a testimony of our shared past, but also as a catalyst for a sustainable, cohesive and peaceful future.”

Executive President of Europa Nostra, Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger

The final 7 sites will be announced in April. The successful sites will receive a €10,000 grant not just for preservation, but also for activities that encourage further public or private support.

Know of a site in need of greater awareness? Head over to 7 Most Endangered to find out how to nominate a site for next year. Tangible and intangible heritage nomination are both accepted, and a site can be endangered for any reason.

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