DIGITALIZATION OF NATIONAL HERITAGE
In 2018, the Ministry of European Integration initiated a project aimed at digitising national cultural heritage to highlight the significance of the renovation of cultural monuments in the Republic of Serbia, as well as the importance of using EU funds in the field of culture and creativity. Through this activity, the Government of the Republic of Serbia joined the countries of the European Union that mark 2018 as the “European Year of Cultural Heritage”, by promoting the richness of cultural diversity, heritage and inter-cultural dialogue with the aim of stressing the importance of these areas for economic development and improvement of diplomatic and foreign policy relations.
The Franciscan Monastery in Bač
The monestery in Bač was buit in the 12th century by crusaders from the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem on the foundations of the previous cathedral, while additional constuction work lasted until the 18th century. After the fall of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, the crusaders stopped and the monestery of Bač became Franciscan in 1300 CR at the decree of the Hungarian King Andrew the Third Arpad. The buildings within the complex reflect Romaesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Islamic (the Church of the Assumption of the Vergin Mary was converted into the Suleiman Khan Mosque during the 16th and 17th centuries), Baroque and Classical architecture.
The renovation of the eastern façade of the Subotica Synagogue, funded from the Hungary-Serbia IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, is one of the best examples of the use of European funds in the field of cultural cooperation and the first in a series that the Ministry decided to present in a digital edition.
Church complex in Jablanica
In the valley of the Jablanica river, hidden in the pine forest, near the highest point on the hill, there stands a log cabin church in the village of Jablanica, around 25 kilometers away from the center of Zlatibor. This church, built in the year 1838 and dedicated to the Shroud of the Holy Virgin, was the gathering place of people and a symbol of protection from Turks.
The project of reconstructing and conserving the Fortress in Bač that is under UNESCO protection was awarded the EU award for cultural heritage Europa Nostra 2018. During the decade and a half of the restoration of this fortress, the European funds, through various projects, provided around 700,000 EUR.
The Pirot Fortress
The Pirot Fortress, among 10 most beautiful Serbian military fortifications, bore different names through different times. Turres (tower) in the 3rd and 4th century during the reign of the Roman Empire, then Pirgos, Thurib, Momcilo’s city, Kale, Fortress. Today, the most common name used for this fortification built during the rule of Prince Lazar is Kale or The Pirot Fortress.
The Golubac Fortress
The Fortress is undergoing restoration since 2014, which besides construction, conservation and restoration activities is including archeological excavations and development of the complex’ touristic potential as a unique offer within Danube region. The project “Revitalization of The Golubac Fortress” is financed through the national IPA program for Republic of Serbia for 2011, the support of Republic of Austria, and as well the national IPA program for 2016 with the total sum of 9,85 million Euros.