TIRANA, September 19
Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania (CHwB) kicked off on Monday the 30th regional restoration camp in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Berat. Some 30 students and young professionals from the Balkans gathered in the city of a thousand windows where they are going to stay for two weeks. The theme of this camp is Building conservation and interpretation of the monuments of culture. The participants will gain information and skills about this theme by renowned experts of the field from Albania, Bosnia I Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, England, and Sweden.
CHwB Albania has focused its activity for a long time in the city of Gjirokastra, but it is organizing many activities in Voskopoja, Kruja and Shkodra as well. The 30th regional camp consists of lectures and visits to some of the most important monuments of Berat. Participants in Berat will have the chance to work with master craftspeople, practising conservation techniques with wood, plaster and stone on some of the historic houses of Berat. The activity is a great opportunity for the youngsters that have a keen interest in the field of cultural heritage and want to share their experience with other people from the Balkans.
According to CHwB, Berat features several dense, well-preserved neighbourhoods clustered along the mountainside. A beautiful white castle, one of the oldest inhabited neighbourhoods in Albania, crowns the hill above the city. With dozens of churches and mosques, you’ll see why Berat was an inspiration for the famed medieval icon-maker Onufri – whose paintings, on display in Berat, still mystify us with their vibrant colours and unique inter-religious imagery.
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