The Palace of The Eagle in Ciudad Rodrigo, hosts the IV Iberian Meeting on World Heritage Management, organized by the Luso-Spanish Heritage Center. The conference, which began in 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal, involves experts from Andorra and Spain. The main goal is to strengthen the relationship between countries with a rich heritage and important historical and cultural ties.
In this sense, the intervention of Jesus Castillo, architect of the Santa María la Real Foundation, will serve to demonstrate to the participants that the Atlantic Romanesque Plan is a cross-border cooperation project for the conservation of cultural heritage involving the Autonomous Government of Castile and Leon, the Iberdrola Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of Portugal and the Santa María la Real Foundation, in addition to the Diocese of Zamora, Astorga, Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrigo.
A project based on innovation.
He will also explain that the project foresees the intervention in thirty Romanesque buildings in the Spanish provinces of Zamora and Salamanca and the Portuguese regions of Porto, Vila Real and Bragança. In some cases comprehensive interventions will be carried out, while in others a variety of interventions of varying degree will be performed such as curative maintenance, improvement of facilities, and the application of advanced technology solutions, preventive conservation or the implementation of innovative decorative lighting programs.
The objective of the Atlantic Romanesque Intervention Plan is to conserve, restore and to enhance the assets, while laying the foundations for a sustainable regional development through job creation, a socio-economic boost, tourism promotion and redistribution of investment among participating rural communities.
The Plan also includes other activities that complement the strict heritage intervention. They are educational, cultural and tourism projects within the Plan which weave a network of synergies and contribute to a number of other purposes, such as the implementation of R + D + I, the creation of research networks, experience exchanges and strengthening of a common European identity.