Restoring Dacian fortress Sarmisegetuza

The Dacian citadel Sarmizegetusa Regia is undergoing one of its most important restoration and enhancement projects, the participants in a seminar dedicated to the former capital of Dacia demonstrated on Wednesday in Deva. The event was organized with the occasion of UNESCO World Day by the Hunedoara County Council (CJ) and bringing together all the parties involved in the project.

Entitled „Capital of Dacia – living museum of European cultural heritage”, the project is carried out jointly by CJ Hunedoara – as promoter, the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation and the Norwegian partner More&Romsdal County Council, with non-refundable funding of 2 million euros, provided by EEA grants 2014-2021, within the RO-CULTURA Program.

Within the activities carried out within the project, the Norwegian partner is organizing on Wednesday and Thursday, at the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilization in Deva, a Romanian-Norwegian bilateral seminar focused on the restoration and protection of cultural heritage, on the involvement of local communities in the revitalization activities of the historical monument and facilitating public access to historical sites and monuments, including through digital platforms and applications.

The total value of the project is 13.29 million RON, i.e. approximately 2.7 million euros. From this money, the value of the non-reimbursable financing amounts to 9.18 million RON, i.e. 1.89 million euros, and it consists of 85% EEA Grant and 15% from the national budget. The co-financing provided by CJ Hunedoara amounts to approximately 850,000 euros.

The objective of the project is to produce a restored and revitalized historical monumen which is culturally and economically valued and to attract an increase of at least 30% in the number of visitors. Furthermore, the project aims to bring back to the public’s attention a series of interactive activities, including the revival of some traditional crafts.

The restoration stages include archaeological research, earthworks and landscaping, the restoration of the military enclosure, which is about 1 km long, and the access gates. It is also planned to restore and improve the visiting infrastructure by introducing a new route, signage, setting up a lapidary and a shelter for visitors.

Regarding the revitalization of the citadel, the digitization of the UNESCO monument is being considered, so that the user will have access to images that reconstruct various locations in the citadel from the Dacian-Roman period.

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