The WWII Partisan memorial cemetery in the city of Mostar in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of 11 most threatened monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2023, according to Europa Nostra, Europe's largest network to protect and advocate cultural heritage, and European Investment Bank Institute.
The list has been created on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 7 Most Endangered Programme in 2023.
Other most endangered monuments and heritage sites also include cultural landscapes of Pastrovska Gora and Sveti Stefan, Pastrovici in Montenegro, Watermills od Bistrica in Serbia, as well as other sites in Hungary, Greece, Germany, Georgia, and Belgium.
Executive President of Europa Nostra Hermann Parzinger said this shortlist covers a wide variety of monuments and heritage sites which are facing different types of serious threats.
“The local communities and civil society organisations are deeply committed to preserving these remarkable examples of our shared heritage, but they need broader support. We therefore call on local, regional, national and European stakeholders, both public and private, to join forces with Europa Nostra and our network of members and partners to secure a viable future for these shortlisted sites,” he stressed. #related-news_1
European Investment Bank Institute Director Shiva Dustdar stressed that the Bank is proud to contribute to safeguarding of Europe's endangered heritage through this programme and in partnership with Europa Nostra.
“For 10 years now, this catalytic programme has been facilitating the transfer of know-how and experience between different partners and countries. It is innovative in its format, useful in its purpose and shows the cohesive power of cultural heritage which connects European people and communities,” Dustdar said.
The 11 endangered heritage sites were shortlisted by an international Advisory Panel, comprising experts in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation, project analysis and finance. Nominations for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2023 were submitted by member organisations, associate organisations or individual members of Europa Nostra from all over Europe as well as by members of the European Heritage Alliance.