OBNOVA NÁRODNEJ KULTÚRNEJ PAMIATKY POVAŽSKÝ HRAD MESTOM POVAŽSKÁ BYSTRICA AKO PRÍKLAD STAROSTLIVOSTI SAMOSPRÁVY O KULTÚRNE DEDIČSTVO
Renovation of national cultural monument Považský Castle as an example of cultural heritage care approach proceeded by Považská Bystrica municipality
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The national cultural monument Považský Castle had been neglected for decades and faced the threat of complete devastation and destruction. However, the municipality of Považská Bystrica decided to change that critical, unflattering situation and save the ruin. First, property-related relations had to be resolved in order to make investments in the renovation of this important cultural monument. The town has been the owner of the property since 2008 and has chosen systematic approach to deal with the renovation. The amount of investment and the time standpoint were affected by the City budget, as well as received grants and funds. In the first years, the focus was on site maintenance and the necessary remedial interventions. Gradually, the reconstruction required more complicated masonry to achieve aesthetical and functional use. The project “Recovery of the National Cultural Monument Považský Castle” was implemented within the program field called Protection and Revitalization of Cultural and Natural Heritage and Support of Diversity in Culture and Arts within the European Cultural Heritage of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The primary aim was to make the cultural heritage available to the public under the project focusing on Remedies for Castles, Fortifications and City Palaces. This project was the most important milestone to start the reconstruction and desirable maintenance of Považský Castle.
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