Museum of Betina wooden shipbuilding recognition of the European Commission and Europa Nostra

first_imgYou have to experience this tourist story and put it on your bucket list. The European Commission and Europa Nostra, Europe’s leading heritage organization, announced this year’s winners today European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, otherwise the most prestigious European awards in the field, funded by the Creative Europe program.  The pinnacle of Betina’s shipbuilding skills can be summarized in Betinska gajeta, a wooden boat 5 – 8 meters long and 2 to 2,6 meters wide, with a sail as the main propulsion means. The art of construction of this wooden ship was recognized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and included in the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia as intangible cultural heritage. Independent jury heritage experts from all over Europe examined a total of 149 applications, submitted by organizations and individuals from 34 European countries, and selected the winners. Among this year’s winners in the Education, Training and Awareness category is outstanding Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum. The knowledge of shipbuilding was jealously guarded for generations and even family members did not know the secret of the shipbuilding craft – drawing ship lines. Knowledge of design was strictly guarded within the shipbuilding families, passed down from the master prota to the most able apprentice. It’s just proto he knew how to design a ship and he decided to whom he would transfer the knowledge. One of the most important roles of this Museum is the transfer of knowledge The museum preserves the knowledge of traditional wooden shipbuilding, which is an indispensable part of Croatian maritime heritage, and thus an important part of European maritime cultural heritage. The Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding is located in the protected cultural and historical ensemble of Betina in the very center of the town, in a building that in itself has cultural and historical-architectural importance. Betina is a small place, typical of Dalmatian architecture, and has about 800 inhabitants who are mainly engaged in tourism, agriculture, fishing, crafts and handicrafts. Among the dedicated individuals and positive European heritage initiatives awarded in 2019 are: the delicate restoration of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin, a unique religious heritage site destroyed in a 1997 fire that is now reopened to the public; the development of a digital Roma archive, an internationally accessible space that makes Roma culture and history visible, and responds to established stereotypes and tells a hitherto untold history told by the Roma themselves; the commitment of one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in Europe, dedicated to heritage protection in Norway for more than 175 years; or a training program for displaced heritage professionals from Syria, run by the German Institute in Istanbul, which serves as a powerful example for European countries and beyond. A story of a tradition that lasts and remains last_img

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