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Journal 11 November 2020

The Romanian Ambulance for Monuments wins the Europa Nostra Public Choice Award

The Ambulance for Monuments project has rescued hundreds of heritage-listed buildings in Romania through a large network of active heritage organisations. These emergency interventions are carried out by experts, students and trained craftsmen on a voluntary basis with local communities and authorities.

The Prince’s Foundation’s friends and partners at the Ambulance for Monuments were, yesterday evening, awarded the Public Choice Award as part of the prestigious Europa Nostra prize giving ceremony.

H.E. Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania, in a special message read during the ceremony, said “Due to their vision, through the involvement of young people, of the specialists, authorities and sponsors, many monuments at risk have been saved during the five years since The Ambulance exists, thus testing the viability of a model of social cohesion emerging from cultural values and local identity.”

The conservation work is carried out by Asociația Monumentum and is supported and championed by The Prince’s Foundation and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, as well as The Anglo-Romanian Trust for Traditional Architecture.

Eugen and Veronica Vaida, Architects of Asociația Monumentum, said, “The community involvement in heritage preservation, hands-on training of young specialists and focus on sustainability are essential features for the success of our approach to safeguarding heritage. The Award greatly contributes to spreading the word about our mission and strengthens our thoughts to extend the project in other European countries which face a similar abandonment of monuments”.

The Prince’s Foundation warmly congratulates their friends and partners on this outstanding achievement.

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