The List of 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2022 has just been jointly announced by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural and Natural heritage – and the European Investment Bank Institute. The 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2022 are:
o Crèvecoeur Fortress, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS
o Zogu Bridge, ALBANIA
o Récollets Convent, Nivelles, BELGIUM
o Garden City La Butte Rouge, near Paris, FRANCE
o Historic Centre of Stolberg, GERMANY
o Neptune Baths, Băile Herculane, ROMANIA
o Orléans-Borbón Palace, near Cádiz, SPAIN
The announcement of the 7 Most Endangered sites 2022 was made at an online event co-hosted by high level representatives of Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, with the participation of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Nominators and representatives of the 7 selected sites contributed to the online event, which attracted people from across Europe and beyond.
The 7 Most Endangered sites for 2022 were selected by the Board of Europa Nostra from the 12 sites shortlisted by a panel of international experts. The selection was made on the basis of the outstanding heritage significance and cultural value of each of the sites as well as on the basis of the serious danger that they are facing. The level of engagement of local communities and the commitment of public and private stakeholders to saving these sites were considered as crucial added values. Another selection criterion was the potential of these sites to act as a catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development as well as a tool for promoting peace and dialogue within their localities and wider regions.