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The Metropolitanate of Moldavia and Bucovina - Archidiocese of Iasi, partner in a transnational project on totalitarian architecture

The Metropolitanate of Moldavia and Bucovina – Archidiocese of Iasi is located in the North-East region of Romania and has under its administration many monasteries, churches and historical buildings of great tourist potential, representing a real heritage of the Moldavian region.

This institution consists of various centers suitable for the development of a large series of fields of activities: tourism, cultural and educational activities, social and philanthropic activities, economic and agricultural activities.

Since of January 2011, The Metropolitanate Moldavia and Bucovina works together with another 17 partners from South-East Europe within the ATRIUM project - Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX° Century in Urban Management, submitted by the Municipality of Forli-Italy, lead partner of the project. The project, funded by the Trans-national Cooperation Programme South-East Europe, will last 30 months until June 2013.

The total budget amount for this project is 1,932,044.00 Euro.

The main goal of the project is the definition and promotion of a cultural route on architecture of totalitarian regimes of the 20th century. The project will be completed by preparing a specific dossier to be transmitted to the Council of Europe in order to receive the acknowledgement as European Cultural Route and inserted in the Atlas of Cultural Route.

The Metropolitanate of Moldavia and Bucovina joined this project with a view to acquiring experience in the field of trans-national European projects and to develop and strengthen the collaborative relations with other countries form South-East Europe and even wider. Another reason for which the Metropolitanate involved in the project was the desire to include the cultural heritage from the communist regime in the tourist activities.

Thus, the Metropolitanate seeks to promote the communist architectural-style buildings through the agency of the cultural route which will be created at the end of the project.

In order to carry out the main objective of the project and its own goals, the Metropolitanate of Moldavia and Bucovina will provide all available resources, its wide experience in promoting the cultural tourist attractions and its active involvement in planning, organizing and implementing all necessary activities.

Through the involvement in this project, the Metropolitanate of Moldavia and Bucovina aims at providing the transfer of know-how regarding the trans-European grants management and the accomplishment of cultural routes towards the project staff.

As the transnational cooperation allows the exchange of know-how of management, preservation and valorization of cultural assets, the Metropolitanate of Moldavia and Bucovina seeks to create long-term connections with organizations from South-East Europe in order to achieve new trans-national projects in the near future.

In conclusion, direct and active involvement, not only on behalf of The Metropolitanate, but of all European partners, will contribute to the achievement of the expected results: preparation of a trans-national manual of wise management, preparation of cultural operators for the valorisation of the cultural heritage, followed by the establishment of a transnational association for the promotion of the cultural route and finally the design of the cultural route concerned.


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