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The Bridges of Time (ROBG–128)

An Integrated Approach for Improving the Sustainable Use of Nikopol-Turnu Magurele Cross-border Cultural Heritage

What’s the goal?

To improve the sustainable use of Nikopol-Turnu Magurele cross-border cultural heritage by developing, implementing and promoting an integrated joint approach for investing in sustainable tourism.

What’s the budget?

Total budget of the project = 5,816,165.49 euro, out of which 4,943,740.66 ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): Nikopol Municipality, Bulgaria

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Turnu Magurele Town, Romania

When is it happening?

Start date: 31.03.2017

End date: 30.12.2023

Duration: 81 months

How is it going to happen?

  • construction works for restoring Turnu Magurele fortress;
  • constructing Nikopol archeological park with access road to Cliff Church 3 stakeholder workshops for developing 9 integrated tourist products/services;
  • 1 joint marketing strategy;
  • 1 joint information web portal and smartphone application;
  • 5 info terminals;
  • 2 clubs for historical restorations;
  • 1 large-scale cross-border festival;
  • information and publicity materials.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:10,000 visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction (COI); 2 integrated tourism products; 7 integrated tourism services; 1 common strategy

Programme results: 2,800 tourists overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project is currently under implementation, the following results have been reported:

Lead Beneficiary: finalized the work on the road to the Cliff Church. Currently, the works of the Open-air Museum - Archaeological Park "Piers of the Time" are in progress. The protective wall is finished and soon the works on the museum will start.

B2 2 has completed the restoration of the Turnu fortress in Turnu Magurele. Currently, it is available for visitors.

Within the project so far the following equipment and services have been delivered:

- A joint marketing strategy was elaborated:;

- A trilingual online portal “The bridges of time” was developed and it may be accesed here:

- A smart phone application wes developed and it may be found on Google Play Store under the name “The bridges of time”;

- 100 pieces of household costumes from the ancient era which will be used by the 2 clubs for historical restorations have been purchased.

2 clubs for restoration of the historical events have been established, one by LB and one by B2. A training has been performed for the Romanian and Bulgarian club members with a duration of 200 hours.

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