The renewal of the Baroque Kuks area in Trutnov has won the Grand Prix of the Europa Nostra European Heritage Awards. The top prize was given to Turku by seven of Europe’s best preservation projects from a wider group of 29 Europa Nostra Association winners this year.
The ceremony will assemble up to 1,200 people, including heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe as well as top-level representatives from EU institutions, the host country, and other Member States.
“It is a huge success for both the Czech Republic and the National Monument Institute. We have succeeded twice and won the Europa Nostra Award, and it is the first time in history when a Czech project won the Grand Prix. It is a great prize for all those who can make life in our country and make sense of our work and commitment,” said NPD Director General Naďa Goryczková.
The Czech Republic had two candidates for the Grand Prix. Besides Kuks, an educational project of the National Monument Institute was entered.
Last autumn, Kuks became the 2016 Building, and the interest of visitors is unstoppable, which has already been highlighted by the jury during the selection of the prestigious Europa Nostra. “The renewal of the Kuks Hospital as an integral part of the building and landscape protection project is of the highest quality. Its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach is considered commendable and should serve as a convincing example for other renewal projects in Europe,” it said in the April summit.
The European Union Cultural Heritage Prize was launched in 2002 by the European Commission and since then it has been awarded by the Europa Nostra NGO. It commends the best projects in the field of cultural heritage restoration, research, management, volunteering, education, and communication.