Poland wins two European Heritage ‘Europa Nostra’ Awards

The Queen Louise Adit complex in Zabrze and the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów’s “A Place at the Royal Table” educational project are Polish laureates of this year’s European Heritage “Europa Nostra” Awards.

The competition was tight as the jury has reviewed 149 applications from 34 European states. In the end, 25 laureates from 16 countries were awarded in four different categories: conservation, research, dedicated service by individuals or organisations, and education, training and awareness-raising.

Established in the 18th century the Queen Louise Adit in the southern Polish town of Zabrze does not extract coal anymore. However, revitalised and adapted it serves cultural, educational and touristic purposes. The adit won the award in the conservation category.

Meanwhile, the education, training and awareness-raising category award went to the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów’s “A Place at the Royal Table”, a series of lectures, conferences and workshops on 17th-century court cuisine.

The jury’s special award went to the Paris fire department that together with the police, monument conservators and priests saved priceless artefacts by putting out the fire that burst out on April 15 in Notre Dame Cathedral.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 29 in Paris during the European Culture Heritage Congress. At the ceremony, the audience chosen laureate and the seven Grand Prix laureates will be announced and will each receive a EUR 10,000 prize.

Established in 2002 by the European Commission, the European Heritage “Europa Nostra” Awards are one of the most prestigious distinctions promoting the best heritage protection praxes.

Presided over by an opera singer Plácido Domingo, Europa Nostra is also a federation of non-governmental organisations dealing with the protection of cultural and natural heritage in Europe.