Info-points Network along the Route of Fortified Churches in Transylvania
Topic of the practice
Cultural heritage protection. Traditional fortified buildings restoration.
Good Practice Information
The practice is part of a programme of information activities on the Route of Fortified Churches pertaining to the cultural landscape of 7 rural villages of southern Transylvania founded in the middle ages by immigrant German Saxons and dominated by their fortified churches (once more than 300), which illustrate building styles from 13th to 16th century. Villages were listed in 1993 under n.596
in UNESCO World Heritage List. Route initiative started in 2007 with support from EICR.
Objectives = development of local info products, services and events + youth education.
Success factors = NGO acting as coordinator & liaison with local authorities & private owners.
Conditions for potential transfer = presence of Saxon historical influence or similar fortified churches in other regions.
Evidence of success
4 info-points visited by over 50.000 tourists/year | 1 specific travel agency with over 1000 clients/year | 24 bicycles for rent | 3 ed. of the Art Camp in Transylvania | 4 ed. of The Historic Film Festival | 3 ed. of the Jocmania Festival for kids | 1 ed. of the Mystery & Thriller Festival | 11 partner schools | 120 km biking trails marked | 6 websites | over 70,000 promotional materials
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Annex completed on: 03-27-2013