Twelve heritage sites from ten countries have been shortlisted for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

They are: the historic centre of Gjirokastra and the post-byzantine churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuqi (both in Albania), the historic centre of Vienna (Austria), coal preparation plant in Beringen (Belgium), the Buzludzha monument (Bulgaria), the aerial cableway network in Chiatura and the David Gareji monasteries and hermitage, (both in Georgia), the castle of Sammezzano, Tuscany, (Italy), the Constanta casino (Romania), prehistoric rock-art sites in the province of Cadiz (Spain), the Prinkipo Greek orphanage, Princes’ Islands (Turkey) and Grimsby ice factory (UK).

The final list of 7 most endangered heritage sites in Europe will be unveiled on 15 March. Click here for press release.

The 12 monuments and sites were selected taking into account their outstanding heritage and cultural value, the imminent danger they are facing, the engagement of local communities and the commitment of public and private stakeholders to saving them and their potential to act as a catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development.

All over Europe monuments and heritage sites are in danger due to lack of resources or expertise, to neglect or inadequate planning. To find a sustainable future for these important sites, the leading heritage organisation Europa Nostra and the EIB Institute have teamed up to organize the 7 Most Endangered programme. The seven selected sites will receive support by Europa Nostra and the EIB Institute.