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Androulla Vassiliou and Plácido Domingo present Cultural Heritage Prize

The winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were honoured on 5 May during a ceremony in Vienna. 

 

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the opera tenor and President of Europa Nostra, presented the awards to the 27 winners assembled at the Austrian capital's Burgtheater.

They revealead the names of the six 'Grand Prix' laureates and winner of the public choice award, chosen in an online poll from among this year’s winning projects. An audience of 1 000 attended the ceremony, which was held under the patronage of the Federal President of Austria, Heinz Fischer.

The six Grand Prix laureates, are selected by independent expert juriesin four categories:

Conservation   
• Walser Houses: Preservation of Vernacular Architecture in Alagna Valsesia, Italy
• Dragomirna Church: Restoration of the 17th Century Frescoes, Suceava, Romania
• Cooperative Wineries Conservation Programme, Catalonia, Spain.

Research   
• Research on the Roman Vaulted Construction in the Peloponnese, Greece

Dedicated service
• Heritage Association “Kempens Landscape”, Putte, Belgium

Education, training and awareness-raising 
• Raising Awareness Project “Passage: From a Rusty City to a New Miskolc”, Hungary

Public choice award
• Dragomirna Church: Restoration of the 17th Century Frescoes, Suceava, Romania

Over 10 000 people voted for the public choice award from among this year's 27 winners via an online poll on the Europa Nostra website.

The award ceremony was attended by hundreds of heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe. They were joined by representatives from the worlds of culture, business and politics, as well as from the EU institutions.