Slovakia secures European funding to restore famous Beckov Castle

Parts of Beckov Castle will be renovated for €809.000. Image: Rudo Mlich (Wikimedia) CC BY-SA 4.0

One of Slovakia’s most famous heritage sites, Beckov Castle, will undergo reconstructions. Several European grants will finance the project. By restoring parts of the building, Slovakia hopes the castle in the Trencin region can receive visitors all year round.

Renovations will concentrate on the western part of the castle. The project aims to open up the first and second floor to visitors, according to the Slovak Spectator. The plan will also focus on cultural, creative, educational and marketing activities around the castle, Slovakian news agency Tasr reported.

Business potential

The renovation project received grants from the EEA and Norway. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway fund these grants. The project also gained support from Slovakia’s own budget for culture. The application for funding was submitted at a call for ”Entrepreneurship in Culture, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation.” The call supports the renewal and revitalisation of cultural heritage sites to develop their business potential.

Vice-premier Veronika Remisova was pleased with Beckov’s partial restoration. “This reconstruction will allow the castle to be open to the public all year round and will have a very positive impact on developing tourism in the region.”

The municipality of Beckov will lead the renovations. It will collaborate with the Association of Historical Cities and Regions, the secondary vocational school in Nové Mesto nad Váhom, and a Norwegian university.

Watch the video below to see more of the impressive castle and its surroundings.

Source: Slovak Spectator, Tasr and Wikipedia

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