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Photo: Plácido Domingo at the 2016 European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Madrid. Felix Quaedvlieg

Europa Nostra’s President Maestro Plácido Domingo at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2016 in Madrid.


Europa Nostra was founded on 29 November 1963 in Paris. For over 50 years, we have celebrated, protected and lobbied for cultural heritage. Europa Nostra is today recognised as the most representative heritage organisation in Europe with members from over 40 countries.

Our mission

  • To give shape and voice to an ever-growing citizens’ movement to support cultural and natural heritage across Europe
  • To be forceful advocates of heritage – with its multiple benefits for our economy, society, culture and the environment – towards policy-makers at all levels of governance: local, regional, national, European and on a global scale.
  • To campaign to save Europe’s most endangered heritage sites and support actions led by our member organisations.
  • To promote best practices in the heritage field across Europe – from research to conservation, from education, training and awareness-raising to the dedicated service of professionals and volunteers.

Our values

  • Cultural Heritage is essential for a prosperous, unified and stable Europe;
  • Cultural Heritage should be respected in urban and rural development;
  • Culture Heritage is not a relic of the past; it is a relevant, useful and accessible part of today and tomorrow;
  • Cultural Heritage is complex and multi-layered and therefore does not belong to one cultural group or nation, but instead belongs to all Europeans;  
  • Cultural Heritage is on loan from future generations and good stewardship in the present is therefore the responsibility of everyone living in Europe.

Our vision

To put culture and cultural heritage at the very core of the European project on behalf of our members as the largest representative civil society movement in Europe to the advantage of all Europeans.

Our statute

Read our Statute to find out more about the Governance and Structure of Europa Nostra.

Our history

Discover our Milestones and the people who have led our organisation.

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