2024 Winners of Europe’s top heritage awards announced by the European Commission and Europa Nostra

The European Commission and Europa Nostra today announced the 2024 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. This year, Europe’s most prestigious awards for heritage go to 26 outstanding winners from 18 countries across the continent (see the full list below).

2024 Winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

The 2024 Awards count an impressive range of winners across its five categories. From a unique renovation project led by former miners in Poland; to an innovative AI research project for improving access to Europe’s newspaper heritage; from a successful training programme revitalising traditional craftsmanship for contemporary construction needs in Greece; to a visionary community-driven effort reclaiming urban heritage in Ghent, Belgium; and a civil society association that has raised awareness of the importance of the cultural heritage of the World Heritage City of Dubrovnik, Croatia, for more than 70 years. This year’s winners exemplify the dynamism, diversity and innovation demonstrated across Europe in efforts to safeguard and promote our rich heritage.

The winners were selected by the Awards’ Jury, composed of 12 heritage experts from across Europe, upon evaluation of the applications by the Selection Committees. A total of 206 eligible applications to this year’s Awards were submitted by organisations and individuals from 38 European countries.

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “Our cultural heritage is our collective treasure, a bridge connecting our past, present and future. It holds a special place in our hearts and daily lives, fostering a sense of belonging and identity. The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards highlight the crucial role of exemplary projects and individuals dedicated to preserving and promoting our rich heritage. I warmly congratulate this year’s winners on their outstanding achievements.”

Cecilia Bartoli, the world-renowned mezzo-soprano and President of Europa Nostra, stated: “My heartfelt congratulations to this year’s winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards on their well-deserved recognition. By honouring these fantastic creative projects, we also demonstrate our great commitment to protecting our shared cultural heritage, which is vital for building a more united, sustainable and beautiful Europe. May their inspiring examples be followed by many citizens – heritage professionals, volunteers and lovers – public organisations and private companies across our continent and beyond.”

The winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2024 on 7 October at the Romanian Athenaeum, the most prestigious concert hall in Bucharest, Romania, which recently received a European Heritage Label in recognition of its European significance. This high-profile event will be co-hosted by the European Commissioner Iliana Ivanova and Europa Nostra’s Executive President Hermann Parzinger. During the ceremony, the Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and entitled to receive €10,000 each, will be announced.

The ceremony will be a highlight of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2024 which will take place on 6-8 October in Bucharest. The Summit, co-funded by the European Union, is organised by Europa Nostra in close cooperation with heritage organisations and partners, both public and private, in Romania.


Heritage supporters and enthusiasts are now encouraged to discover the winners and vote online to decide who will win the Public Choice Award 2024, entitled to receive a monetary award of €10,000. You can cast your vote until 22 September.


These are the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2024 in 5 categories:


Conservation & Adaptive Reuse


2024 Winners - Conservation and Adaptive Reuse

Royale Belge Building, Brussels, BELGIUM
This Modernist building, completed in 1970 as the headquarters of the Royale Belge insurance company, now incorporates a mix of uses, including conference facilities, offices, co-working spaces, a health club, and a hotel. Its rehabilitation project is of remarkable scale and quality and showcases a strong commitment to sustainability.

Schulenburg Mansion, Gera, GERMANY
The Schulenburg Mansion was built in 1914 by Henry van de Velde. Its restoration project stands as a shining example for the conservation of 20th-century architecture. Ambitiously comprehensive, it meticulously considered materials and maintained coherence with the building’s aesthetic, spanning interiors, furniture, and the garden.

Ignacy Historic Mine, Rybnik, POLAND
This is a unique renovation project on the site of a former coal mine, one of the oldest in Poland, which was founded in 1792. Thanks to the joint efforts of the former miners, the City of Rybnik, the Polish state and EU funds, the complex has been saved and adapted to new functions as a cultural and recreational centre. It serves as an inspiring example for other coal mines in Europe that will face closure.

Saxon Church in Alma Vii, ROMANIA
This project restored a cultural landmark that symbolises centuries of history and craftsmanship in the picturesque village of Alma Vii in Transylvania. The comprehensive restoration not only preserved the church’s architectural and historical integrity but also empowered the local community and fostered sustainable tourism development.

St. Michael’s Church, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
Nestled in the city’s vibrant centre, St. Michael’s Church is a gem of European Gothic architecture. The church embarked on an extensive restoration journey from 2016 to 2022. Beyond mere structural reinforcements and façade revivals, the project also encompassed the refurbishment of the interiors and modern enhancements.

Snow Wells, Sierra Espuña, SPAIN
Dating back to the 16th century, these wells served as ice factories, storing winter snow for summer ice production. Two of the most significant Snow Wells in Sierra Espuña have been comprehensively restored as part of a wider effort to conserve their rich cultural legacy for future generations.



2024 Winners - Research

NewsEye: A Digital Investigator for Historical Newspapers, AUSTRIA/FINLAND/FRANCE/GERMANY
This innovative research project improves access to the early European press (1850 to 1950). Using 15 million pages digitised by the national libraries of Austria, Finland and France, it developed automatic tools for character recognition, analysis of newspaper structure and multilingual content processing, based on artificial intelligence.

Education, Training & Skills


2024 Winners - Education, Training & Skills

Teryan Cultural Center – Empowering Armenian Refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh, Yerevan, ARMENIA
Since 2002, the Teryan Cultural Center has been committed to the study and preservation of Armenian and Artsakh culture. Following the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020, the Center has provided a wide range of training activities to aid displaced individuals in adapting to their new lives in Armenia.

Boulouki – Travelling Workshop on Traditional Building, GREECE
Boulouki is a versatile collective of architects, engineers and heritage professionals dedicated to revitalising traditional craftsmanship for contemporary construction needs. They employ an itinerant approach, travelling around Greece, to conduct training workshops that draw from, and respond to, the characteristics of every place.

Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme, IRELAND
The main objective of this nationwide scheme is to help farmers recognise the cultural value of traditional farm buildings. Participants are supported in acquiring skills to enable them to carry out repairs to return the buildings to functional use on the farm. Over 1,000 buildings have been repaired since the creation of the scheme in 2008.

Serfenta Crafts Revitalisation Model, Cieszyn, POLAND
Designed and implemented by the Serfenta Association, this model was created over 15 years, with the craft of basketry at its core. In cooperation with craftsmen, designers, and people of every age and all backgrounds from Poland and other European countries, the Serfenta team tested new ways to successfully transmit this heritage.

White Carpentry School, Narros del Castillo, SPAIN
Founded in 2014, this is the only training centre in the world dedicated exclusively to teaching white carpentry. White carpentry is a technique that from the 13th century to the 18th century made possible the construction of the roof trusses and wooden coffered ceilings that are present in thousands of buildings in Spain.

Citizens’ Engagement & Awareness-raising


2024 Winners - Citizens’ Engagement & Awareness-raising

The Square Kilometre, Ghent, BELGIUM
For the past five years, a ‘historian in residence’ has been travelling the most diverse parts of Ghent. Per ‘square kilometre’, she has invited locals to bring forth ‘hidden histories’. Each residency culminates in an exhibition within STAM Ghent City Museum and numerous heritage guides where the narration is shaped by the locals.

The Silence that Tore Down the Monument, Kamenska, CROATIA
The anti-fascist “Monument to the Victory of the People of Slavonia” in Kamenska, created by renowned artist Vojin Bakić from 1958 to 1968, was destroyed in 1992, during the 1990s’ wars in former Yugoslavia. This project resurrected the monument through Augmented Reality technology, a pioneering approach in the heritage conservation field.

Preserving the Community Halls for Local Civil Society Activities, FINLAND
This project is a model where state subsidies for sustainable repairs and renovations of community halls are allocated to local associations via an NGO. The model is innovative because of the strong role of citizens’ engagement at many levels in preserving the community halls, an essential part of Finnish heritage.

Fortified Castles of Alsace Association, FRANCE
In the French region of Alsace, there are over a hundred castle ruins on the Alsace side of the Vosges mountains. The aim of the association Fortified Castles of Alsace, created in 2013, is to underline the importance of this remarkable heritage, through a range of different initiatives, such as the Alsace Fortified Castles’ Trail.

Citizens’ Rehabilitation of the Tsiskarauli Tower, Akhieli, GEORGIA
Over three years, 46 Georgian and international citizens worked alongside technical experts and traditional craftspeople to restore the Tsiskarauli Tower. The project brought much-needed attention to the remote community of Khevsureti, and raised awareness of the value of Georgian heritage within Europe’s heritage.

International Festival of Classical Theatre for Youth, Syracuse, ITALY
Since 1991, over 50,000 young students from around the world have converged at the Greek Theatre of Akrai to reinterpret classical Greek and Roman texts. This annual festival celebrates Europe’s rich classical heritage while boldly forging ahead into the future. The festival’s dedication to educational outreach and inclusivity is exemplary.

Foundation for the Conservation of the Historical Estate Ockenburgh, The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS
This foundation represents over 150 local volunteers who spent a decade working to renovate the Ockenburgh Estate, founded in The Hague in 1654. Volunteers still play a big role at Ockenburgh, maintaining the villa and its gardens, and organising many cultural events throughout the year.

Heritage Champions


2024 Winners - Heritage Champions

Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, CROATIA
Since 1952, this civil society association has financed and completed research and conservation projects of Dubrovnik’s landmarks, including the City’s Walls. The Society was closely involved with the inclusion of the Old City of Dubrovnik on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. Ever since, it has played a vital role in ensuring the safeguarding and enhancement of this exceptional site.

Else “Sprossa” Rønnevig, Lillesand, NORWAY
Over five decades, Else “Sprossa” Rønnevig spearheaded the rescue of old windows, halted the replacement of valuable historic windows, and established clearer regulations for its protection, transforming Norway’s approach to cultural preservation.

Piotr Gerber PhD, Wrocław, POLAND
Piotr Gerber has dedicated his life to the protection of post-industrial heritage. In both Poland and abroad, he has played an influential role in raising public awareness and understanding of the importance of technical and technological development.


Europa Nostra Awards 2024 for outstanding projects from the UK

Four of this year’s winners come from the UK, the country with the greatest number of Awards in 2024. As the United Kingdom is not a signatory of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, these winners will receive the Europa Nostra Awards. This reflects the outstanding and wide range of excellence of the heritage field in the UK, as well as Europa Nostra’s commitment to recognising excellence in all countries of the Council of Europe.

These are the four winners of the Europa Nostra Awards 2024 from the United Kingdom:

Gideon Tapestries, Hardwick Hall (Conservation & Adaptive Reuse category)
The Gideon Tapestries are a unique document of both Flemish tapestry production and English taste in the 16th century, and are the largest tapestry set to survive in Britain today. This 24-year long project, carried out by hand using traditional sewing and stitching techniques, exemplifies the National Trust’s commitment to preservation.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Shrewsbury (Conservation & Adaptive Reuse category)
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings has been referred to as the ‘grandparent of skyscrapers’. When built in 1797, it was the world’s first iron-framed building, a new technology that paved the way for modern-day structures. The iconic building has been brought back to life as an adaptable workspace, leisure destination and social enterprise hub.

Westminster Hall, London (Conservation & Adaptive Reuse category)
A Grade I listed building within a World Heritage Site, Westminster Hall is one of the greatest mediaeval halls in Europe. This 10-year long state-of-the-art project conserved the mediaeval roof and masonry, enhanced the Hall as a venue for future events, and established a principal visitors’ entrance to the Palace of Westminster.

Marcus Binney CBE, OBE Hon FRIBA FSA (Heritage Champions category)
Marcus Binney has been a guiding force for raising public awareness of Europe’s cultural heritage for over 50 years. His wide-reaching influence and inspiring leadership have revolutionised the protection and conservation of heritage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe and beyond.


Two decades of showcasing heritage-related excellence in Europe

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were launched by the European Commission in 2002 and have been run by Europa Nostra ever since. For 22 years, the Awards have been a key tool to recognise and promote the multiple values of heritage for Europe’s society, economy and environment.

The Awards have highlighted and disseminated heritage excellence and best practices in Europe, encouraged the cross-border exchange of knowledge and connected heritage stakeholders in wider networks. The Awards have brought major benefits to the winners, such as greater (inter)national exposure, additional funding and increased visitor numbers. In addition, the Awards have championed a greater care for our shared heritage among Europe’s citizens. For additional facts and figures about the Awards, please visit the Awards website.

The Call for Entries for the 2025 edition of the Awards will open in Autumn 2024. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the Call once it is launched or visit www.europeanheritageawards.eu/apply for more information.



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