The Minister of Culture, Teodor Paleologu, visited the Fortress Rasnov to inaugurate the UNESCO Information Centre for Heritage, but also to find solutions to conserve the fortress and stop the heritage's degradation. Minister Paleologu, the UNESCO representative Matteo Rosati, the president of the European Institute for Cultural Itineraries, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, were inaugurated the third UNESCO centre in Romania, after the other two in Sibiu and Sighisoara. The Centre of Rasnov is part of a wider project implemented by the Association Mioritics, in partnership with the UNESCO Regional Office, within the program "Cultural Heritage - a Bridge towards a Shared Future".
Preserving the History
Mayor Adrian Vestea is sure that the Centre will help the local authorities to better exploit the fortress. ?Tourists will get all kind of information about sightseeing, events and monuments in Rasnov, reservations, accommodation and recreation possibilities. We must preserve the fortress not only as a historical monument, but also a cultural location for medieval like events?.
The County Council president, Aristotel Cancescu, remarked that the council managed to obtain funds from UNESCO, EU and Romanian Government, for the rehabilitation of many county's monuments. ?Brasov is the county with the biggest number of monuments, therefore we fought to get money to reinsert them into the touring circuit. Our Spanish partners from E-Cultura supported us to in converting the history into a touring attraction?.
Spot full of History
The EU official Erna Hennicot-Schoepges declared herself delighted to be in a spot full of history. ?It's an honour for me to be here and I congratulate the people who make efforts to conserve the culture. In 2003, I've proposed Sibiu to become European capital and anyone can see now what culture can make for a region. I'm collaborating with the Association Mioritics in conserving and promoting the cultural values?.