Southeast Europe Atrium European Union


The proposal has been generated on the basis of a common will of the project partners to explore the ways of a possible economic valorisation of their “inconvenient” architectonical heritage stemmed from the totalitarian regimes of the XX century, starting from the fundamental assumptions  that neither a cultural route  nor specific cultural-tourism products of niches have  ever been designed around this specific theme.

The main objective is to define & promote a Cultural Route on architectures of totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, as leverage for their economic valorisation. Through ATRIUM, researches, economic studies, documentations & tools will be prepared to submit a specific dossier to the Council of Europe to be acknowledged by it as a European Cultural Route. At present, there are 29 cultural routes in Europe certified by the Council of Europe; none of them is devoted to ATRIUM theme.

What is to be done?

1) identification of case-studies in the areas concerned.  66 case studies (buildings, urban ensembles and foundation towns) have been detected by the project partners  and the National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage of Sofia has carried out an analysis on them and has then  issued a transnational survey under the supervision of the Scientific Committee of the project.
2) preparation of a trans-national Manual of wise management, preservation, re-use & economic valorisation of this heritage, (in progress);

3) digital cataloguing of buildings, tangible and intangible items of the epochs concerned, such as photograph archives, films, oral witnesses, furniture, clothing, etc., to adopt ICT for economic valorisation & tourist promotion, intended as a tool of visibility & promotion of the upcoming Cultural Route as well as a source of information and details for researchers, experts, scholars, etc. (in progress);

4) establishment of a transnational & multidisciplinary association for the promotion of the cultural route & its further development;

5) promotion of cultural tourism for economic valorisation of the heritage concerned (including  training of necessary operators), capable of attracting segments of international, especially European, growing cultural tourism demand, & hence to create new services & jobs in the areas involved.


Official web page of the South-East Europe Programme

Official web page of Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism

Official web page of Ministry of the environment and spatial planning of Republic of Slovenia

Italian contact point for the South East Europe Programme