Winners of European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020 announced

European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020
European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020. Image: Europa Nostra

During an online ceremony on 10 November, the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020 were celebrated. Representatives from the European Commission and Europa Nostra announced the three Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner.

The three Grand Prix laureates are:

  • The examplary restoration of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L’Aquila (Italy), heavily damaged by the devastating earthquake of 2009
  • The outstanding project Tramontana Network III (France, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain), dedicated to the research of the tangible and intangible heritage of Europe’s mountainous regions
  • The major exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away (Poland, Spain), marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp
Grand Prix laureates
Grand Prix laureate. Image: Europa Nostra

The Public Choice Award winner is:

  • The education, training and awareness-raising project The Ambulance for Monuments (Romania), which has rescued hundreds of heritage-listed buildings in the country through a large network of active heritage organisations
Public Choice Award winner
Public Choice Award winner. Image: Europa Nostra

“The 2020 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards represent what Europe stands for: creativity, resilience, innovation, solidarity, talent and dedication. This makes me proud – as European Commissioner and as a European citizen. I sincerely thank each one of them for demonstrating yet again that Europe’s shared cultural heritage is not only part of our past, but a valuable asset for tackling our present day challenges and for ensuring a better future for all. With their work, they illustrate the great potential of cultural heritage for Europe’s socioeconomic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

For more information about the winners, read Europa Nostra’s press release here.

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